Erin York

2016 Novel of Excellence Winner - Poetry

"Moving and vivid. Erin York is a true poet who understands the art and power of words." ★★★★★

- best-selling author Jessica Therrien

Hello Ms. York! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Writer. Editor. Dreamer. Survivor. That tends to be my go-to.

What inspired you to become a writer?


As a kid, story-telling was my favorite thing, and it just kind of stuck.


What brought about the creation of your poetry collection?


The idea that everyone deserves a happy ending.


What was the inspiration for your characters? Were they based on people you know or acquaintances?

The poems in by book are all based on verisimilitude, but they're bigger than life.


What are your responsibilities as a writer?

It's a way for me to give a voice to and advocate for my LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters.


How do you stay motivated and inspired?

Reading and everyday interactions with people. They're all characters to me.


Is there a writing book you would recommend?

On Writing by Stephen King


What were the biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing/writing process?


It's hard work. No one is going to make you sit there until your fingers cramp & your head pounds. But it's so worth it​ when it's done. Like childbirth, I suppose.


How did you get started in writing? From little short stories to novels or was it the other way around?

I actually went from novels to poetry. Short stories are the bane of my existence.


What type of authors influenced your writing?

People who suffer from too much imagination and too many feelings.


What advice would you give to young writers?

Be true to your voice. Don't let anyone take that from you--not a writing coach, a professor, your audience or your agent.​ And don't give up. Ever.