Thursday, December 6, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Asma Mohammed


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 Interviews Phosphorescent (Again!)


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 Interviews Andrea Gibson


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 Interviews Pastry Chef Zoë François


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 Interviews Authors of "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book"


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 Interviews Gaelynn Lea


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 Profiles Bathtub Cig


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 Interviews Rebecca Traister


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 Profiles Women Organizing Women


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 Interviews Ben Gibbard


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 Interviews Haley


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 Interviews Julie Schumacher


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 Interviews Chef Roy Choi


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 Interviews Ellie Krug


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.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Eliza Blue


Erica Rivera spoke with singer-songwriter Eliza Blue about how she relocated to rural South Dakota to escape her anxiety-ridden musician's life only to end up meeting, and making an album with, Crazy Horse's Billy Talbot. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Mara Altman


Erica Rivera spoke to Mara Altman, author of Gross Anatomy, about her feminist approach to the female body's unsightly aspects. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Film Director Desiree Akhavan


Erica Rivera spoke to Desiree Akhavan, director and co-screenwriter of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a film about a teen's coming-of-age in a gay conversion therapy center. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Chris Thile of Punch Brothers and "Live From Here"


Erica Rivera spoke to Grammy winner Chris Thile, the singer and mandolinist for bluegrass band Punch Brothers as well as host of "Live From Here" (formerly "A Prairie Home Companion"). Read the delightful yet deep Q&A about tiki bars, dark angels, and tackle boxes on City Pages here.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Bad Bad Hats


Erica Rivera met up with Kerry Alexander of Bad Bad Hats to chat about overcoming the sophomore slump with the band's new album Lightning Round and how her songwriting evolved from breakup to long-term relationship tunes. Read the piece in the August 1, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Helen Hoang


Erica Rivera spoke to author Helen Hoang about how she incorporated her own experiences with Asperger's Syndrome into the romance novel The Kiss Quotient. Read the interview on City Pages here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Lizz Winstead


Erica Rivera spoke to comedian and activist Lizz Winstead about her show "The Vagical Mystery Tour" and how her reproductive rights non-profit Lady Parts Justice is making a difference for health care providers across the country. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Love Sequence


Erica Rivera had a frank conversation with Bobby Rethwish of Love Sequence about sexuality and its influence on that band's music. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Courtney Barnett


Erica Rivera asked singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett about silencing herself, misogyny, and her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Laurie Kilmartin


Erica Rivera spoke to comedian Laurie Kilmartin about her father's death and how she turned her grief into the hilarious how-to book Dead People Suck. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Longshot


Erica Rivera interviewed rapper Longshot (a.k.a. Chad Heslup) about how he channeled his troubled upbringing into inspirational hip-hop. Read the piece in the July 4, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Tommy Orange


Erica Rivera spoke to Native author Tommy Orange about his debut novel There There, the absence of urban Indian stories in literature, and his youth in Oakland, California. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Erica Rivera Profiles Home of Johnna and Max Holmgren


Erica Rivera visited Fox Meets Bear blogger Johnna Holmgren and her artist husband Max at their A-frame home in the woods. Read about their holistic approach to home decor and Johnna's cookbook Tales From a Forager's Kitchen in the June 17, 2018 issue of the Star Tribune or online here.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Erica Rivera Receives MN Society of Professional Journalists Recognition


Erica Rivera's City Pages cover story Man of Constant Sorrow: Charlie Parr's quiet battle with depression won second place in the Arts & Entertainment Story category at the MN Society of Professional Journalists' 2018 Page One awards. Read the Charlie Parr cover story on City Pages here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Veteran Chef Tyler Johnson


Erica Rivera interviewed Chef Tyler Johnson about his former career as an Army specialist, deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and his professional pivot to cooking. Read the piece in the June 13, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Pandit Birju Maharaj


Erica Rivera spoke to Indian dance guru Pandit Birju Maharaj about the cultural history of kathak dance and a rare upcoming performance with Katha Dance Theatre. Read the piece in the June 7, 2018 issue of the Star Tribune or online here.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Erica Rivera Picks Pride Month Movies


Erica Rivera selected the best LGBTQ+ movies to binge-watch for Pride month. Find the complete watchlist on Mandatory here.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Annie Fitzgerald


Erica Rivera spoke with singer-songwriter Annie Fitzgerald about overcoming postpartum depression to make her new album You & Me & the Sun. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Erica Rivera Wins First Place in Poetry Contest


Erica Rivera placed first in the adult category of Dakota County Library's annual poetry contest. You can read her award-winning poem, Crooked Places Straight, online here.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Erica Rivera Reports on Menopause and Creativity


Erica Rivera spoke to musical artists Pippi Ardennia, Desdamona, and Tina Schlieske about persevering through "the change" and how (peri)menopause affected their creativity. Read the piece online here or in the May 20, 2018 issue of the Star Tribune.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Lake Street Dive (Again!)


Erica Rivera spoke to Rachael Price, lead vocalist for Lake Street Dive, about the band's genre-defying music, political influences on their new album Free Yourself Up, and finding time for a personal life. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Rivera previously interviewed Lake Street Dive member Mike Olson in 2014. Read that Q&A here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Static Panic


Erica Rivera spoke to Ro Lorenzen of Static Panic about gender fluidity, '80s music influences, and the story behind the band's name. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Professional Mermaid Hannah Fraser


Erica Rivera spoke to Hannah Fraser, a  Los Angeles-based professional mermaid, about creating her own tails, occupational hazards, and her ocean conservation activism. Read more on Mandatory here.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Siri Daly


Erica Rivera spoke to Today show contributor Siri Daly about her Minnesota roots and her new cookbook Siriously Delicious. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Dan Israel


Erica Rivera spoke to Dan Israel about retiring from the Minnesota State Legislature's Revisor's Office, his divorce, and finding liberation from a midlife crisis on his new album You're Free. Read the piece on City Pages here.

(Photo by Steven Cohen Photo.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Claire Dederer


Erica Rivera spoke to author Claire Dederer about marriage, monsters, and her midlife memoir Love & Trouble. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Invisibilia's Lulu Miller


Erica Rivera spoke to Invisibilia podcast co-founder Lulu Miller about her unconventional career path, the show's viral success, and the dark recesses of human experience. Read the piece on City Pages here.

(Photo by Kristen Finn.)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Melissa Broder About "The Pisces"


Erica Rivera spoke to So Sad Today bestselling author Melissa Broder about mermen, depression, and her sexy new novel The Pisces. Read the profile on Kirkus here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Kailen Rosenberg


Erica Rivera spoke to Kailen Rosenberg, owner of elite matchmaking service The Love Architects, about her new dating app The Lodge Social Club. Is it the next best thing in online dating or just another way to find a dud? Find out on City Pages here.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Erica Rivera Profiles SPIRAL Collective


Erica Rivera spoke to the leadership circle of SPIRAL Collective, a reproductive health organization based in Minneapolis. Read the piece in the May 2018 issue of Women's Press or online here.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Ben Kovacs


Erica Rivera spoke to Ben Kovacs, co-founder of Guardian Gym, a non-profit martial arts gym that provides a safe after-school space for youth in Oakland, California. Read his story on Mandatory here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Shawn Francis Peters


Erica Rivera spoke to Shawn Francis Peters about his new book, The Infamous Harry Hayward. The true story exposes one of Minneapolis' most notorious criminals and his attempt to profit from the death of a local dressmaker. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews The Replacements' Roadie


Erica Rivera sat down with Bill Sullivan, a former roadie for the Replacements. Sullivan discussed some of the highs and lows of hanging with the legendary punk band in regards to his new tour diary Lemon Jail. Read the piece in the April 11, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.

Erica Rivera Interviews Melissa Coleman



Erica Rivera sat down with Melissa Coleman, creator of The Faux Martha blog, to discuss her new cookbook, The Minimalist Kitchen. Read about her less-is-more approach to cooking and design on City Pages here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews John Jodzio (Again!)


Erica Rivera spoke to short story author John Jodzio about This Is The Only Orientation You're Going to Get, his latest collection of crazy tales. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Rivera previously interviewed Jodzio in 2016 about his book Knockout. You can read that Q&A here.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Sloane Crosley


Erica Rivera spoke to Sloane Crosley about her calamity magnetism, befriending swingers, and egg freezing in regards to her new personal essay collection Look Alive Out There. Read the piece on City Pages here.