Erika Renee Land is an American 21st-century war poet. She studied English with a focus in creative writing at the University of Georgia but left in her last semester because of her battle with PTSD. In 2012 she began writing to help herself heal and has published poetry books, fiction novels, music and poetry albums, and the stage play PTSD and ME: A Journey told through poetry. While at MacDowell she rehearsed and refined PTSD and ME for its off-Broadway debut. The one-woman play is a time capsule of a war torn veteran who uses art to dually expose her pain and heal her pain. Erika also completed her forthcoming book My ADHD Mind. Her literary publications include Residual Affects, Georgia’s Dam, It’s Complicated: Misconceptions, It’s Complicated: Scorned, and of an Artist.
Erika Land worked in the Nef studio.
Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…