Erin is brave. She probably hates being called that but I am in awe of her and her story. She is intelligent and accomplished (and professes at my alma mater Meredith!), but also so down-to-earth and nice. Meet Erin!
Erin Stewart Lindquist came to Raleigh several years ago for work. She is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Meredith College. She lives in the area with her husband and children:
My husband, Marcelo, and I met in graduate school fourteen years ago. He is from Costa Rica and we try to get down there as often as our calendar allows. Our daughter, Amaya Grey, is five and her middle name comes from a glacier in Chile where she was conceived. Amaya likes to move her body all day long – dancing, swinging, running, and any other movement she can invent along the way. Our son, Jaxson Antonio, is two. He likes to bake bread, and play with his lawn mower and leaf blower. Our cat Ella Bella keeps our beds warm at home.
Erin has a long and interesting list of hobbies:
Tropical and urban forest ecology research; environmental sustainability education; playing, biking, hiking outdoors with my two children and husband; Zumba and latin dancing; re-learning how to play my cello to accompany my daughter in her violin lessons; and all things meditative (yoga, Tai Chi, massage, healing touch, and mindfulness meditation).
Erin heard about Listen to Your Mother through several friends:
Stephanie Lormand was in the LTYM 2014 cast and I went to see the 2014 show. At the time I thought I would never have the guts to write and share my personal story. But here I am. I was also encouraged to submit an essay from my college roommate at Cornell who is now a creative writing professor at NYU, and a Durham friend who knew Ann Imig in high school in Madison, WI.
Erin’s favorite writers include Maya Angelou, David Sedaris, Barbara Kingsolver, Khaled Hosseini, Aldo Leopold, Wangari Maathai, Jane Goodall, Nicholas Kristof, “really anyone who either writes a good story, makes me laugh, or documents a sustainability issue with passion and intelligence,” she comments.
Not surprisingly for a professor, Erin has many publications to her credit, including scientific articles in various journals including Nature, Biological Reviews, Oecologia, Southeastern Naturalist, and The Canadian Field Naturalist; Co-author of a bilingual (Spanish/English) illustrated field guide to the trees of Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve, Costa Rica; Author or co-author of several research and education grant proposals totaling nearly a million dollars in support.
Her speaking credits involve invited scientific seminars at academic institutions including Duke University, Elon University, East Carolina University, UNC Asheville, Warren Wilson College, and UC Boulder; and numerous peer-reviewed oral papers at regional, national, and international scientific conferences.
Despite her many academic publications, creative writing is a new identity for Erin:
I never saw myself as a writer, or at least as a creative writer, until recently. I kept a secret diary when I was little, and logged various travel journals in Africa and Central America in my twenties. But it wasn’t until I shared my cancer story with friends and family through CaringBridge journals, that I found the true value of writing. I gain an emotional release from my writing which I can’t always find elsewhere. And all the love and support I receive in response continue to fuel my commitment to fight the cancer to its or my end.
Erin’s story is heavy with dashes of humor and makes you feel all the things. I encourage you to buy your tickets now to hear her story.