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Erik Esckilsen has been a Champlain College instructor since 1997, teaching such courses as creative writing, digital storytelling, journalism, rhetoric, and transmedia storytelling, as well as courses on the intersection of art, aesthetics, and politics. He is the author of three novels for young-adult readers. His articles and essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, Inside Higher Education, Seven Days, and other periodicals. He also produces scholarly work on film topics and writes plays. Along with his writing practice, he has worked extensively as an editor with a variety of periodicals and organizations.
Esckilsen holds a BA in Writing and Government from St. Lawrence University, an MA in English Composition from San Francisco State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University.
The kid who bought this guitar, with money earned flipping burgers in town, wasn't sure he could or would go to college. Now this artifact from the distant past reminds me never to take for granted any opportunity to learn. That's why I teach.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, New York, 2012
Erik is a longtime contributor to Seven Days. Search for his articles, essays, reviews and short stories on the Seven Days website.
Erik is the founding co-chair of Teachable Events Committee.
Erik has appeared in a number of student films, including Filmmaking student Patrick Burke's A Slice of Hell