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Erica Berry
Erica Berry
Author of 2024 Oregon Book Award-winning 'Wolfish: Wolf, Self and the Stories We Tell About Fear' (Flatiron, 2023); essays in the New York Times, Guardian, Orion, Hazlitt, Yale Review, Outside, Aeon, and other publications; writing instructor at Literary Arts, the Attic Institute, and other institutions.
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Talk soon,
Sam

Hi there, and thanks for your interest in chatting.

On my mind

Environmental storytelling; how our feelings (internal worlds!) shape our environments (the external one!); hurdles and doubts in the creative process; balancing anxieties and fears with hope and joy; cultivating community; the writing life in general.

Why I'm excited to talk with readers

Rebecca Solnit writes that she first fell in love with reading because it offered her tunnels to other lives--and then, once she started publishing, she realized wonderful people came through those tunnels to her. I know exactly what she means. I am a writer in part because of how much I enjoy being in conversation both on and off the page. Whether or not you believe in astrology, know that I am a weigh-both-sides Libra who loves to circle an issue or question and think it through from all corners. I love talking with passionate people of all stripes, whether readers, writers, environmental thinkers, or just people with a strong sense of inquiry.

Also!

No need to come in with an agenda--I'm happy for a conversation to spiral and ping-pong back and forth as we find our stride.

Looking forward,

Erica

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Wolfish

Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell about Fear

“This is one of those stories that begins with a female body. Hers was crumpled, roadside, in the ash-colored slush between asphalt and snowbank.”

So begins Erica Berry’s kaleidoscopic exploration of wolves, both real and symbolic. At the center of this lyrical inquiry is the legendary OR-7, who roams away from his familial pack in northeastern Oregon. While charting OR-7’s record-breaking journey out of the Wallowa Mountains, Erica simultaneously details her own coming-of-age as she moves away from home and wrestles with inherited beliefs about fear, danger, femininity, and the body.

“I DEVOURED EVERY STARTLING, LYRICAL, HAUNTING PAGE OF WOLFISH. A STUNNING ACHIEVEMENT, IT LEFT ME FEELING LIKE ONE OF THE PACK.”

— Elizabeth Rush, author of Rising, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

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