Monday, May 23, 2016

Erica Rivera Releases "Natural Disasters"

In her new book, Natural Disasters, award-winning poet Erica Rivera explores the parallels between volatile relationships and the environment. Like seasons, lovers arrive unbidden, leave abruptly, and cycle back. Long-distance desire, loaded secrets, and unpredictable temperaments further complicate the narrative.

Inspired by the landscape of Minnesota—with nods to New Mexico, New York, and California—this evocative collection of poetry plumbs the depths of the places we live and the people we love, and in the process discovers the beauty and brutality inherent in both.

Erica Rivera is the author of Insatiable (Penguin Group, 2009), Man Eater (XOXO, 2011), and Come Again (Thought Catalog Books, 2015). She is a prolific freelance writer and a lifelong Minnesotan.

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Erica Rivera Interviews Linda LeGarde Grover

Erica Rivera interviewed author Linda LeGarde Grover about her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass, federal Indian policies, and historical trauma. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Dylan Hicks

Erica Rivera spoke to musician-cum-author Dylan Hicks about his new novel Amateurs. Read the Q&A on Crave Online here.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Erica Rivera On Marathon Travel

Erica Rivera scoped out the top destinations for marathon getaways. Find out which cities are worthy of on-foot adventures on Crave Online here.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Erica Rivera On Grilled Desserts

Erica Rivera shared a slew of grilled dessert recipes with Crave Online. Find that to-do list for your taste buds here.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Erica Rivera Profiles Stephen McMennamy

Erica Rivera interviewed Stephen McMennamy, the Atlanta-based ad man behind the popular "combo photos" on Instagram. Read more on Crave Online here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Erica Rivera Profiles Aparium Hotel Group

Erica Rivera spoke to entrepreneur Mario Tricoci about Aparium Hotel Group, a new, independent luxury hotel brand that focuses on "translocal hospitality." Read more on Crave Online here.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Louise Erdrich

Erica Rivera interviewed Louise Erdrich about her new book LaRose, tragedy, revenge, and what her addictions are. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Erica Rivera On Scott Seekins Art Controversy

Erica Rivera reported on the controversy surrounding The New Eden exhibition by Scott Seekins, in which he appropriates Native American imagery and ledger art. Read more on City Pages here.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Erica Rivera On Puebla, Mexico

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Erica Rivera compiled a list of things to see, do, and eat while in Puebla, Mexico, the birthplace of Cinco de Mayo. Read it on Crave Online here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Gretchen Marquette

Erica Rivera spoke to Gretchen Marquette about May Day, her new book of poetry released by Graywolf Press. Read the Q&A about heartbreak, baby lust, and grief on City Pages here.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Erica Rivera On Authentic Mexican Foods

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Erica Rivera compiled a list of authentic Mexican foods that go beyond the stereotypical burritos and guacamole. Find out what they are and how to prepare them at home on Crave Online here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Erica Rivera Profiles Instagrammer @cookeatlift

Erica Rivera interviewed Joe Castro, also known on Instagram as @cookeatlift. Find out how this 22-year-old Californian used food porn to lose weight and land a new job on Crave Online here.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews The Vagabrothers

Photo by Vagabrothers

Erica Rivera spoke to Marko and Alex Ayling, brothers from California that film their international travels for over 92,000 YouTube subscribers. Read the Q&A with the Vagabrothers on Crave Online here.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Erica Rivera Profiles Anatol Knotek

Erica Rivera profiled Anatol Knotek, a visual poet and text artist from Austria who loves the beauty, danger, and secrecy inherent in words. Read his story and see his work on Crave Online here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Erica Rivera Contributes to City Pages' "Best Of"

Erica Rivera contributed to the "Best of the Twin Cities 2016" issue of City Pages. See what writers and readers selected as the standouts in arts, entertainment, music, food, and other categories in the print edition or online here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Erica Rivera Profiles Patrick Martinez

Erica Rivera spoke to Patrick Martinez, a Los Angeles artist who provokes dialogue about police brutality and inner-city life through his work. Read more on Crave Online here.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Jen Kirkman

Erica Rivera interviewed comedian and New York Times bestselling author Jen Kirkman about sexism on Twitter, dating before smart phones existed, and why Hillary Clinton is her presidential candidate of choice. Read more on City Pages here.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews R.T. Rybak (Again!)

Erica Rivera interviewed former mayor of Minneapolis R.T. Rybak about his new political autobiography Pothole Confidential. Read his thoughts about House of Cards, running for office again, and why funerals were such a big part of his three-term tenure on City Pages here.

Rivera also interviewed Rybak in 2013 for his "Unaugural" celebration. Read that interview here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Erica Rivera on Taos Attractions

Erica Rivera compiled a list of six warm-weather attractions in Taos, New Mexico. Find your ultimate Land of Enchantment itinerary on Crave Online here.