Vanya Erickson used to photograph and haul horses for a living. For the last 25 years she has been mentoring teachers while teaching writing and public speaking in the oldest, continuously used schoolhouse in California. She loves hiking in the High Sierras as well as dramatically reading aloud to children. Vanya holds a BA in Comparative Literature as well as a Teaching Credential, both from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her essays have appeared in a dozen literary journals and anthologies, and in the book, The Magic of Memoir. Her book, Boot Language, will be out this summer.