Publications in 2020 & 2022
Erica Manto Paulson's poetry has been featured on the Cincinnati Library Writer in Residence blog and is a part of the Cincinnati and Hamilton Co. Public Library's collection. Her work is also part of the Cincinnati Museum Center's permanent collection of Pandemic memorabilia, and has also been featured on NPR's "Conrad’s Corner" (WYSO).
Erica was recipient of a 2021 Pushcart Prize nomination and a Slippery Elm poetry finalist. Her work has appeared in Thimble Literary Magazine, the Northern Appalachia Review, the Dayton Anthology, Shela-Na-Gig, and elsewhere. She was the winner of the 2020 Dayton Metro Library poetry contest.
Erica’s latest chapbook, Hunger, published by Finishing Line Press, is a book of poetry inspired by over a decade of work in the perinatal field as her own experiences as a mother of seven. With poems about the raw female power of birth to the tender moments nurturing children into a hunger for the world, each poem touches the intimate spaces we all can relate to.
Erica is a lifelong Ohioan who finds inspiration for her work in the fertile fields of her home state, drawing on a deep connection to the surrounding world. Erica is an active member of the Dayton and Cincinnati poetry communities. She is also a classical trained musician, and you can hear her that influence within the shifting cadences of her poetry. In her free time, she fosters kittens and pregnant cats from her local animal shelter. Her family is also currently fostering a service dog-in-training from 4 Paws for Ability, who came into their lives to teach them something very special about the ways we are all connected.
During my sabbatical from birth work in 2019/2020 I worked on a body of poetry I had been writing throughout my tenure as a doula. During this time I had the immense honor of writing in community with poets from the Greater Cincinnati Writer's League, Thomas More University, the Wright Library Poets, and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Emeritus Manuel Iris and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Emeritus Pauletta Hansel, whose mentoring and advice for my chapbook, Hunger, contributed to the 2021 publication of this work by Finishing Line Press in 2021 (I call Pauletta my "poetry midwife").
Hunger is a book of poetry inspired and influenced by a decade of passion and work in the perinatal field as well as my own impressions and experiences of motherhood. My clients, co-workers, and members of the birth community, as well as my children and family, have been the greatest sources of inspiration in the composition of this book. All gratitude and thankfulness to them for the gift of their presence in my life.
Anthology and Poetry Journal Publications
"Moon Body" published by Porkbelly Press, 2022
"The Daughter I Made With My Body, "The Ghost Arms of Trees" published by Tomorrow and Tomorrow, 2022
"Marigolds" published by Sheila-Na-Gig
"From the Throat of Crows" published by Slippery Elm fall 2021
"Moon Body" published by Pork Belly Press fall 2022
"Midwifing Loss" is in the 2021 spring issue of Thimble Literary Magazine.
"The Gift" was published in the Dayton Anthology Dec. 2020
"Three Little Stones," "The Naming of Things," "The Eight Year Old Boy, Once Forgotten" was published by Sinclair College, Fall 2020 "Flights"
"Crossing the Edge in November" was published by The Northern Appalachian Review., October 2020
"St. Anne's Hill After the Quarantine" was first place winner of the Dayton Metro Library poetry contest and published by Mock Turtle Zine's Issue 21, fall 2020.
"When Diary Farmers Were Dumping Milk During the Pandemic" published by the Adanna Literary Journal, November 2020.
"Pandemic in Early Spring" was published in Postcards From the Pandemic and is in the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Museum Center's Pandemic Collection, April 2020.