Erica Trabold

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing

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B.A., English | University of Nebraska at Omaha

M.A., English | University of Nebraska at Omaha

M.F.A., Creative Writing | Oregon State University

Professor Trabold believes writing is the work of self-reflection, empathy, and compassion. She strives to teach with the world outside the classroom in mind, asking each day how she can empower students to transform their lives through language. She is primarily a nonfiction writer, author of the essay collection Five Plots, and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology The Lyric Essay as Resistance. She, her husband, daughter, and three cats live in Lynchburg.

Courses Taught

  • CORE 120: The Mindful Writer
  • ENCW 101: Intro to Literary Studio
  • ENCW 203: The Art of the Personal Essay
  • ENCW 222: Food & Form
  • ENCW 307: The Lyric Essay
  • ENCW 322: Graphic Memoir





Erica Trabold is the author of Five Plots (Seneca Review Books, 2018), winner of the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize and a 2019 Nebraska Book Award, and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology The Lyric Essay as Resistance: Truth from the Margins (Wayne State University Press, 2023). Her essays appear in Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Passages North, 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 an Assistant Professor at Sweet Briar College.

For more information, please visit my personal website.