Bio

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

Currently, she writes freelance features for men's lifestyle site Crave Online, alt-weekly City Pages, and the Star Tribune newspaper. More of her freelance work has been published in New York magazine, USA Today, Minnesota Business magazine, Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine, and on Metromix.com, TheDailyMeal.com, and Vita.mn.

Whether it’s delving into Dave Simonett's "marital suicide", coaxing press-shy Mason Jennings to disclose a personal crisis, interviewing Father John Misty in his underwear, probing comedian Hannibal Buress about a cocaine-laced threesome, discussing politics and racism with academic stand-up Hari Kondabolu, or talking about sex and therapy with Sarah Silverman, Rivera prides herself on making her subjects comfortable enough to share profound, outrageous, and taboo insights on the record.

Just a few of Erica Rivera's interviewees.

Her ability to create exciting, clickable content extends beyond celebrities. Rivera 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 and media 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. A food memoir, Man Eater, followed in 2011 (XOXO). Come Again, her novel about dating in the digital age, was released in 2015 by Thought Catalog Books. Her latest book, Natural Disasters, is a collection of poetry that explores the parallels between volatile relationships and the environment. Most of these titles are available on Erica Rivera's Amazon.com page.


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 eating disorders.

Rivera is a lifelong (albeit reluctant) Minnesotan.