Erik is the author of the poetry collections There’s No Place Like the Internet in Springtime (2018) and Another Beautiful Day Indoors (2022), both with Victoria University Press. The former was shortlisted for best book of poems at the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
With Jordan Hamel, Rebecca Hawkes, and Essa Ranapiri, he has co-edited No Other Place to Stand, a landmark anthology of climate change poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific forthcoming from Auckland University Press in 2022. His poems, stories, and criticism have been published in places like FENCE, Hobart, Maudlin House, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, the TLS, and Western Humanities Review, as well as in magazines throughout Aotearoa. He studied at Rutgers and Princeton and is an adjunct fellow in English at the University of Canterbury. Originally from New Jersey, he lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch with his partner Meredith and three cats (Tolstoy, Boswell, and Catullus). He intends to use his MKWC residency to develop material for a third—possibly more personal and vulnerable—collection of poems.