Bio

Color headshot of Emily P.G. Erickson at a lookout at Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota. Emily P.G. Erickson is wearing a bright orange coat, blue hat, and is smiling right at the camera. Behind her are white pines dotted with snow and gray Lake Superior.
Emily at Tettegouche State Park, MN in early March 2020.

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer who holds a master’s degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. Emily is a Professional Member of the American Society for Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and a member of the Association for Writers & Writing Programs (AWP).

Emily’s varied background informs her writing, which often explores how people can move through the every day with the big picture in mind. She has brought diverse individuals and groups together to turn complex, long-term ideas into actionable, here-and-now reality as the first sustainable transportation planner in Minnesota’s capital city. Emily has conducted scientific research for a cognitive linguistics lab, a group studying PTSD at the Department of Veteran Affairs, and even (for a month) a wildlife survey project in Madagascar. She’s also refined her sense of clear writing and how to do it through her work as a writing instructor during graduate school and as a freelance editor after.

Today, you can find Emily in Minnesota, where she’s run a book club for 10 years and counting, and on social media, where she’s always @EmilyPGErickson. When she’s not writing, Emily loves baking with her three young sons and long walks without them.

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