Patricia Erikson: Author and Communications Strategist

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“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.” 

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


I love to recover hidden stories–in the present and from the past, through non-fiction and fiction. This applies also to my consulting for non-profits and businesses at Whitecap Consulting Maine. Branding starts with bringing authentic, compelling, and strategic content to loyal and new audiences.

When I’m not creating content, I’m either motoring around the coves of Casco Bay, running mountain trails wherever I can find them, or snowshoeing Maine’s woods, preferably with a hoard of other competitors who also seek a rush of Arctic air.


Patricia Erikson’s Writing Samples:

Magazine Articles
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  1. The Pollinator Garden Project: Passion for the Planet (Saint Joseph’s College Magazine, 2019)
  2. Timberwind Comes Home (Portland Magazine, 2018)
  3. Reflecting on a Life of Anti-Poverty Work (Saint Joseph’s College Magazine, 2018)
  4. Journey of Discovery (Portland Magazine Summerguide, 2017)
  5. Heeding the Inner Call (Saint Joseph’s College Magazine, 2017)
  6. Vangel Cotsis on Education as the Lifeblood of Community (Postscripts Magazine)
  7. A Streetcar Named Narcissus (Portland Magazine Summerguide 2014)
  8. Meet the Other Pearys (Portland Magazine, 2011)
  9. Objects of Pain, Objects of Power (Columbia Magazine, 2011)
  10. Snow Queen: A Woman in Full, Portland Magazine, March 2009

Sample Academic Articles, Chapters, and Books

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  1. Homemaking, Snowbabies, and the Search for the North Pole (in “North by Degree: New Perspectives on Arctic Exploration,” Lightning Rod Press, American Philosophical Society).
  2. Josephine Diebitsch Peary, Journal Arctic, March 2009
  3. Voices of a Thousand People: The Makah Cultural and Research Center (University of Nebraska Press book, 2001)

Personal Essays

  1. Making the Bed One More Time: From an Official Empty Nester
  2. Chasing Muse: Finding the “Wild, Silky Part” of Ourselves (Peaks Island Press article)
  3. Writing through Pain and Writing from a Breathless Moment (Peaks Island Press articles)
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Cultural History Articles

  1. E-articles about Wabanaki Native American peoples of Maine
  2. E-articles about the forced eviction of the mixed-heritage community on Malaga Island, Maine
  3. E-articles about Maine’s ongoing connection to its own history in the Civil War

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