Artist and poet Erica Mapp, originally from Trinidad, lives in New York City. She received a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York and a MA in Art Education from New York University, School of Education. She is seeking publication for a poetry manuscript based on the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, and another manuscript about the urgent need to preserve the Caribbean rainforest. She is a Cave Canem Fellow. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, received a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Summer 2017, and was a semifinalist for the Morse Poetry Prize.