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 mood-altering movies for Mandatory. Whether you're feeling lonely, need a testosterone infusion, or want to run away, 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.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Erica Rivera spoke to Gaelynn Lea, the 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, about her new album, touring challenges, and her activism for people with disabilities. Read the piece in the Oct. 24, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Erica Rivera spoke to Hilary James, founding member of Bathtub Cig, one of City Pages' "Picked to Click" groups for 2018. Though the band was born of depression, its music is far from a downer. Read all about it in the Oct. 17, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Erica Rivera spoke to feminist and journalist Rebecca Traister about her new book Good and Mad and the historical impact of women's anger on America. Read the piece on City Pages here.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Erica Rivera spoke to Habon Abdulle, the founder of Women Organizing Women, the organization that motivated Rep. Ilhan Omar to launch her political career. Read about how WOW inspires East African women in Minnesota to take on leadership roles in the October 2018 issue of Women's Press or online here.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Erica Rivera spoke to Ben Gibbard, frontman of indie pop rock band Death Cab For Cutie, about hero worship, aging in the music industry, and how gentrification affects memory. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Erica Rivera interviewed musical artist Haley about her new instrumental album Pleasureland. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.
Rivera previously interviewed Haley for the Star Tribune in 2014. Read that piece here.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Erica Rivera spoke to author Julie Schumacher about her new novel, The Shakespeare Requirement. The seriously funny story is the sequel to Dear Committee Members and was influenced, in part, by her 20-plus years as a professor of English at the University of Minnesota. Read the story on City Pages here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Erica Rivera interviewed acclaimed chef Roy Choi about his latest culinary collaboration. Find out how he created Cheetos-themed The Flamin' Hot Spot pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles on Mandatory here.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Erica Rivera interviewed attorney, author, and public speaker Ellie Krug about transitioning in middle age and the challenges she's faced since then. Read the piece in the September 2018 issue of Women's Press or online here.