Erica Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry: Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser 2007) and The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, forthcoming January 2014). Her poems have appeared in two editions of Best American Poetry, in Birmingham Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Literary Imagination, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry: A Pocket Anthology, and other journals and anthologies. She currently writes a bi-weekly column, Dark and Sinful, for Creative Loafing Tampa. Her reviews and criticism have appeared in Florida Review, Waccamaw, At Length, and other publications. Holding an MFA from Ohio State University and a PhD from University of Cincinnati, she is an assistant professor of English and Writing at University of Tampa, where she teaches both in the undergraduate program and the low-residency MFA.