Erica Trabold is a Nebraska-born essayist. Her debut essay collection, Five Plots, was selected by John D’Agata as the inaugural winner of the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize and awarded a 2019 Nebraska Book Award for nonfiction. Dots, winner of the Ghost Proposal’s 5th Annual Chapbook Contest, is forthcoming in 2021.

Trabold’s lyric essays appear in Brevity, The Rumpus, Passages North, The Collagist, South Dakota Review, Seneca Review, Essay Daily, and elsewhere. A graduate of Oregon State University’s MFA program and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Erica writes and teaches in central Virginia, where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Sweet Briar College.