Erica Reid, poet

Erica Reid, M.F.A., is an award-winning writer based in Colorado. Her manuscript Ghost Man on Second won the 2023 Donald Justice Poetry Prize and was published by Autumn House Press in spring of 2024.

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Poetry collection

Erica Reid’s debut collection, Ghost Man on Second, traces a daughter’s search for her place in the world after estrangement from her parents.Reid writes, “It’s hard to feel at home unless I’m aching.” Growing from this sense of isolation, Reid’s stories create new homes in nature, in mythology, and in poetic forms—including sestinas, sonnets, and golden shovels—containers that create and hold new realizations and vantage points.Reid stands up to members of her family, asking for healing amid dissolving bonds. These poems move through emotional registers, embodying nostalgia, hurt, and hope. Throughout Ghost Man on Second, the poems portray Reid’s active grappling with home and confrontation with the ghosts she finds there.

Press for Ghost Man on Second

"Reid’s cunning and mellifluous debut makes the song of the everyday—a quarrel, the human body, an Ohio landscape—come alive in full-throated harmony. [...] Come for the sonic joy of these poems, stay for Reid’s rich, self-searching meditations on family dysfunction."
starred review in Publishers Weekly (Jan 2024)