Senior Instructor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Senior Instructor
  • Concentration:

    • Literature, Writing, and Composition
  • Department:

    • English


I am fortunate to work as an instructor. The material always sends me on unexpected adventures toward deeper understanding, and my students continue to teach me about learning and our world.

Born and raised in Arvada, Colorado, I now hold a BFA in Theatre and a BA in English from Stephens College, a 1025-hour CMT from the Rocky Mountain Institute of Healing Arts, and a literature-extensive MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Additionally, numerous national and international literary journals have graciously supported my poetry and other works, and The Poetry Foundation selected me as a 2011 finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship.

Since 2008, I have taught at three universities – including CSU since 2012. Classes I have led here so far include: World Drama, Reading Without Borders, Introduction to Poetry, College Composition, Self/Community in American Culture, Twentieth Century Fiction, and Study of Literature. I work with an average of 200 undergraduates a year. Additionally, I'm grateful to have had the opportunities to volunteer with CSU's community literacy outreach program SpeakOut! and UAF's rural and indigenous student services writing center.

Recently, I have been featured as a poetry reader, workshop leader, or panelist with Western Colorado Writers Forum, “Rabbit Holes” for KAFM Radio and WCWF, the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival, CSU’s Master Teacher Initiative Program, Xi Draconis Books, Lithic Bookstore and Press, 100,000 Poets for Change, CALYX, and Poets' Co-op, and, distantly, I have enjoyed several leading roles in a small number of local theatres, a 2000 title of young “Best Actress in Colorado” from the International Thespian Society, and a 2014 CSU Alumni Association Best Teacher Award nomination.

My experiences in India, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Thailand, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Canada, and twenty-nine of our fifty states offer my students an extraordinary context because my global and collective outlook shapes many of the ways in which I think and teach.

Thank you for your interest, and please feel free to contact me.


As Erica Waters:

Weber—The Contemporary West, Fall 2019, vol. 36:1, three poems

Weber—The Contemporary West, Fall 2019, vol. 36:1, photo

As Airica Parker (maiden name):

El muro de Flores 12,000 Semillas, Summer 2019, miles 10.2 + 10.3

Lifeline Audio App Podcast, January 2019, short play

The Courtship of Winds, Summer 2018, one-act play

The Sun Magazine, Issue 510, June 2018, interview

Central Michigan University's Temenos, Fall 2016, poem

Mycoepithalamia anthology, Fungi Press, 2016, poem

Antipodes: A Global Journal, vol.30:1, 2015, review

Driftwood Press, vol. 2:4, 2015, poem

The Nature of the West: Camas, Winter 2015, poem

Fungi, vol. 8:2, Summer 2015, poem

CALYX, vol. 28:3, 2015, poem

Lalitamba, Annual 2015, two poems

The Voices Project, 2013, poem

Antipodes: A Global Journal, vol. 27:2, 2013, review

Skidrow Penthouse, Issue 14, 2013, poem

Antipodes: A Global Journal, vol.26:1, 2012, review

Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada's International Journal, Issue 250, 2012, three poems

Antipodes: A Global Journal, vol. 25:1, 2011, review

Permafrost, vol. 32, Summer 2010, interview

40 Below: A Journal of Teaching and Writing, 2010, poem

University of Alaska in Fairbank’s Ice Box, 2009, poem

Healing Path Magazine, February 2009, poem


  • Introduction to Poetry


    Here is a syllabus to model a bit about my teaching style.

  • College Composition


    One more to show the range of what I teach based on course requirements.