A native of Maine, Patricia Pierce Erikson, PhD lives on Peaks Island with her husband, her daughter, and a cocker spaniel who will always act like a puppy. From there, she publishes about the island's literary community at Peaks Island Press and about Maine's living connection to history at Heritage in Maine. Patricia is a writer, cultural anthropologist, and advancement professional who has taught anthropology and Native American Studies courses at a number of universities, including Smith College, University of Washington-Tacoma, and University of Southern Maine. She has published nonfiction widely in academic journals and popular magazines, including Cultural Anthropology, Museum Anthropology, Arctic, and Portland Magazine. She has successfully written grants to foundations such as the National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, Inter-American Foundation, and Maine Women Writers Collection to fund her research and writing.
Erikson pursues her institutional advancement work as Director of Marketing and Communications for Thornton Academy in Saco. She manages the town academy’s website, social media, and media relations, and serves as Editor of Postscripts Alumni Magazine. She shares her education, communications, and marketing expertise as a consultant at Whitecap Consulting Maine.