Erica Peterson earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, and her Master of Arts in English from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. In 2006, she began teaching composition and literature courses at the University of South Dakota, and she has taught at Normandale Community College since 2008 and Dakota County Technical College since 2010. Erica is also part owner of a specialty food market that carries locally grown foods, and she lives on the free-range turkey farm where the market is located. (She can assure you that turkeys do not drown if they gaze skyward during a rainstorm, despite what you may have heard!) Erica finds it exciting when her two worlds—teaching and food/sustainability—merge in the classroom, and she has enjoyed occasionally bringing topics like food politics and agricultural issues into composition courses. Her greatest joy in the classroom is to see students grow as both writers and thinkers, and her hope is to inspire a love of lifelong learning. Erica and her husband live in the rolling hills of southeast Minnesota and have a little boy named Finn (who loves to impersonate the turkeys).