Marianne Jay Erhardt

Marianne Jay Erhardt

Creative Nonfiction | Winston-Salem

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Marianne Jay Erhardt’s writing often centers on the awakening of told, seemingly fixed stories. “These might be names, histories, fairy tales, or formulas,” she says. Her current project is a collection of lyrical essays exploring personal and social mythologies of motherhood in which she writes letters to mothers in works of fiction.

Her own development mirrors some of the themes she explores in her writing, including a constant re-imagining of who she is and who she can be. “One story that I’m still working to upend is the story of who I am as writer,” she says. It is one she continually tries to rewrite in new forms.

A recipient of a 2019–20 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship in prose, Erhardt is an assistant teaching professor and part-time lecturer in the English Department of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem and previously taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she earned an M.F.A. Her résumé includes stories in Conjunctions and Phoebe, and most recently, "You Call That Wild" in Oxford American magazine (2019).