Vanya Erickson is the award-winning author of Boot Language, a memoir about growing up on a ranch during the Vietnam era. Long ago, she used to photograph and haul horses for a living. But 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’s passionate about hiking 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.
Listen to Vanya’s interview on “Stories that Empower” with Sean Farjadi