Erica Rivera is a freelance writer, book author, and award-winning poet.

Rivera has written several cover stories for the Star Tribune newspaper, alt-weekly City Pages, and Minnesota Business magazine. Among her beats are art, books, business, home design, food and drinks. Her byline has appeared in New York magazine, USA Today, The Growler magazine, Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine, and on sites such as Crave Online, Metromix, The Daily Meal, and

Rivera's strengths are long-form journalism and interviewing. She has profiled hundreds of artists, authors, entrepreneurs, and musicians over the course of her career. Whether delving into Dave Simonett's "marital suicide," coaxing press-shy Mason Jennings to disclose a personal crisis, interviewing Father John Misty in his underwear, or detailing how Charlie Parr's depression makes daily life a struggle, Rivera prides herself on creating a safe space for her subjects to share their sincere, heartfelt, and outrageous insights on the record.

Just a few of Erica Rivera's interviewees.

Rivera's ability to create exciting, clickable content extends beyond entertainers. She has reported on everything from a nurses’ strike to trends in commercial real estate to advancements in wearable medical technology. Her sources have included regional heavyweights like former mayor R.T. Rybak, MPR’s Kerri Miller, and news anchor Robyne Robinson.

Constantly on the hunt for quotables, Rivera thrives on uncovering the hidden aspects of people’s personalities and telling their stories in fresh, entertaining ways. She particularly enjoys profiling the underdogs, rebels, and change-makers of the world. The most common feedback she receives from her interviewees? "That’s a good question!" and "Thank you for getting it right."

Prior to her journalism career, Rivera made a name for herself in publishing. Her first book, the memoir Insatiable: A Young Mother's Struggle with Anorexia was published by Penguin Group in 2009. Come Again, her novel about dating in the digital age, was released in 2015 by Thought Catalog Books.

Rivera has appeared on ABC, NBC, and Fox affiliates to discuss her work. In addition to multiple radio and online interviews, she has participated in readings at Bryant Lake Bowl, Storefront-in-a-Box, and Hamline University. She has been invited back many times to her alma mater, Macalester College, to speak about the psychology of eating disorders.

Rivera was born in Minneapolis and named after Ericka Huggins of the Black Panthers. She was raised in the Lake Nokomis area by her mother, a registered nurse, and her father, a Vietnam veteran and steward for the Teamsters Local 1145. She is a lifelong (albeit reluctant) Minnesotan.