Erica Dawson

Instructor

Erica Dawson is the author of three collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Poets’ Prize, and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser Press, 2007), winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize, and When Rap Spoke Straight to God, published by Tin House in 2018. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and numerous other journals. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including three editions of Best American Poetry and the recently-published Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poets Now. Erica’s an associate professor of English and Writing at the University of Tampa and directs UT’s Low-Residency MFA program.