When Erin Van Rheenen was three years old, her parents moved the family from their native Oregon to Nigeria for a two-year Peace Corps stint. Since then Erin has been fortunate to live outside the U.S. for extended periods of timein Ireland, Ecuador, Mexico, and Guatemala. She answered Costa Rica's call in 2002 and found a second home where she could put down roots. Currently, she spends time in both California and Costa Rica.
Erin earned a B.A. in Latin American literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a masters in fiction writing and English literature from the City University of New York. She has published essays and stories, won the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society prize for best new novel, and taught writing at City College of New York and in the San Francisco County Jail.