she was three years old, Erin Van Rheenen's parents moved the family
from Portland, Oregon, to Lagos, Nigeria. This two-year stint would
be the first of Erin's many extended stays outside of her home
country. Since then she has lived in Oaxaca, Guatemala,
Ireland, Quito, New York, and Costa Rica.
Erin earned a B.A. in Latin American Literature from the University
of California at Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Fiction Writing and English
Literature from the City University of New York, and a certificate
of advanced Spanish proficiency from Universidad Catolica in Quito.
She has published essays and stories in venues such as Fiction,
The Sun and the Los Angeles Times. She has won
many writing awards, including the Pirate’s
Alley Faulkner Society prize for best new novel; she is at work
now on a new novel, set in Costa Rica. She has taught writing in
many places, including at City College of New York and in the San
Francisco County Jail.
Check out Erin's personal
Some of Erin's Costa Rica-related articles available online:
to Costa Rica's Alcatraz (Los Angeles Times)
Pong Death Match in Costa Rica's Playas del Coco (Matador
on Cash, Costa Rica Filmmaker Raises Funds on the Web (New American
Amazing Race Visits Costa Rica (The Practical Nomad)
Rica Can Still Surprise (about a collision with a manatee) (Travel
with a Challenge)