Erika Thorkelson is a writer of non-fiction and, occasionally, fiction. She was born in Winnipeg, grew to adulthood in Edmonton and spent extended periods in Dublin, Ireland and Northern Japan. Firmly ensconced in Vancouver since receiving her MFA in 2011, she is a regular contributor of arts and culture writing to the Vancouver Sun. Her work has also appeared in various national publications, including This Magazine, The New Quarterly, Quill & Quire, Herizons, Ricepaper, The Walrus, and Hazlitt. She is currently working on a book that investigates themes of home and impermanence through the lens of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami. When not writing, she works as an instructor and tutor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.