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 service journalism and personal 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 writing, which often covers the practical application of science, benefits from her wide-ranging background. For example, she knows how to break down big ideas and reach lots of people thanks to her work for the City of Saint Paul as its first sustainable transportation planner. Emily understands scientific thinking and methodology because of her work as a researcher for a cognitive linguistics lab, a group studying PTSD at the Department of Veteran Affairs, and a wildlife survey project in Madagascar. Plus, she is familiar with the fundamentals of clear writing (and teaching) due to her work as a writing instructor during graduate school and as a freelance editor after.

Today, you can find Emily in Saint Paul, 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 children and long walks without them.

EPGE -- Emily P.G. Erickson, Minnesota-based freelance writer with a master's degree in psychology

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