Erica Goss is the Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, California.
Born in Germany and raised in California, Erica Goss has been writing poetry since she was a child. As a writer, she is interested in the juxtaposition between nature and human beings, finding inspiration in that tenuous intersection of the wild and the domesticated. Her poems often deal with how far people can encroach upon nature, where the boundaries are, and how we project our own hopes and fantasies upon the natural world.
Erica is a former editor of Caesura, the journal of literature and art put out by Poetry Center San Jose. She taught high school poetry for five years, has lead art and writing camps for young people, and currently teaches poetry workshops for adults. She is the winner of the 2010 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Contest. She is the author of a chapbook, Wild Place, (2012 Finishing Line Press) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (2014 Pushpen Press). Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared in many journals, most recently Hotel Amerika, Pearl, Main Street Rag, Rattle, Eclectica, Blood Lotus, Café Review, Zoland Poetry, Comstock Review, Lake Effect, and Perigee. She won the first Edwin Markham Poetry Prize in 2007, judged by California’s Poet Laureate Al Young, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010 and 2013. Erica teaches creative writing and humanities in the Bay Area and writes a column about video poetry for Connotation Press. She holds an MFA from San Jose State University.
Erica writes The Third Form, a column about video poetry, an art form that combines poetry, film, voice and music, for Connotation Press.