Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Erica Rivera spoke to singer-songwriter Ryan Traster about how a vocal chord injury inspired his new sound. Read the piece in the July 3, 2019 issue of City Pages or online here.
Rivera also interviewed Traster in 2014 for Vita.mn. You can read that Q&A here.
Monday, July 1, 2019
Erica Rivera spoke to Mary Johnson Roy, a Minneapolis mother who befriended and forgave her son's murderer. Read about how she creates hope for other victims of violence through her organization From Death to Life in the July 2019 issue of Women's Press or online here.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Erica Rivera spoke to nomadic singer-songwriter Frankie Lee about the gentrification of his hometown of Stillwater, Minnesota. Read about how his impression of that place (plus a dream about Jessica Lange) informed his new album in the June 26, 2019 issue of City Pages or online here.
Rivera first interviewed Lee for City Pages back in 2016. You can read that piece here.
Friday, June 7, 2019
Erica Rivera spoke to New York Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo about her participation in the Foca rape camp trials. Read about how rape was used as a weapon of war in the June 2019 issue of Women's Press or online here.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Erica Rivera spoke to singer-songwriter Chris Koza about tilling his mind for memories while making his new solo album Sleepwalkers Part 1. Read the piece in the April 24, 2019 issue of City Pages or online here.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Erica Rivera spoke to several advocates at the forefront of the elder care abuse crisis. Read about the maltreatment, lack of legislation, and proposed changes surrounding this epidemic in the April 2019 issue of Women's Press or online here.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Erica Rivera spoke to musician Mark Mallman about coping with his mother's death, using music to heal, and his new memoir The Happiness Playlist. Read the piece in the March 27, 2019 issue of City Pages or online here.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Erica Rivera started a series of posts on must-see movies for Mandatory, a lifestyle website for Gen Z men. Whether you're feeling lonely, need a testosterone infusion, want to run away, or are tempted to text your ex, you can indulge those sentiments vicariously through Mandatory Movies. Check in on Mandatory every week for a new installment.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Erica Rivera spoke to Doomtree CEO and musical artist Lazerbeak about managing anxiety with meditation, his ever-growing crystal collection, and the mellow vibe on his new album Luther. Read the piece in the March 6, 2019 issue of City Pages or online here.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Erica Rivera interviewed several Minnesotan women in the construction industry about their career paths and the challenges of working in a male-dominated field. Read the piece about these trailblazing trades workers in the March 2019 issue of Women's Press or online here.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Erica Rivera spoke to Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James about socio-political commentary, queerness, and the trickster narrator in Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first novel in his new Dark Star trilogy. Read the piece on City Pages here.
Monday, January 14, 2019
Erica Rivera spoke with author Karen Babine about her new book All the Wild Hungers and about how cooking became a form of caretaking during her mother's battle with cancer. Read the piece on City Pages here.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Erica Rivera spoke to Asma Mohammed, the advocacy director at Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood (RISE), about founding a healing circle for survivors of sexual violence. Read the piece in the December 2018 issue of Women's Press or online here.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Erica Rivera spoke to Matthew Houck of indie Americana band Phosphorescent about his relationship with alcohol, his marriage to an Aussie musician, and spiritual influences on his new album C'est La Vie. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.
Rivera previously interviewed Houck in 2013 for Vita.mn. You can read that interview here.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Erica Rivera interviewed queer poet Andrea Gibson about their new book Lord of the Butterflies, spoken-word stage fright, and how the personal and political merge in their writing. Read the piece on City Pages here.
Friday, November 9, 2018
Erica Rivera spoke to pastry chef Zoë François about her new book Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Read all about the new, sweet recipes and the myriad religions and cultures that revolve around bread on City Pages here.
Friday, November 2, 2018
Erica Rivera spoke to Star Tribune food critic Rick Nelson and Star Tribune Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean about their new cookbook The Great Minnesota Cookie Book. The book is based on the annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest that Nelson started 15 years ago. Read the piece on City Pages here.