Erika received her B.A. from New York University, her M.A. from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and her Ph.D. from the American Studies Department at SUNY at Buffalo in American Religious History. She has been writing and performing poetry for most of her life. She currently performs with the Buffalo based Njozi Poets and has two self-published books: Crying Out Loud and So I Said to the Mountain, “Move” and a CD entitled More Than.