Ericka Lutz’s CV and Publications

Assorted, not always updated, “accomplishments,” credits, experiences…


“In the Redwood Forest” – Alleyway Art Project, Fort Bragg, California
“Burial” Common Ground – Gray Whale Press, 2023
“Fall”  Common Ground – Gray Whale Press, 2023
“Curbside Pickup” – SHIFT Vol. 4, Fall 2021
“The Bonsai’s Rage”The Racket 56, 2021
“Instructions for Aging in a Time of Great Danger”The Racket 54, (2021 PUSHCART NOMINEE)
“I Dismember You”The Racket 52, 2021
“The Fall of the American Middle Class as Seen from Our Location in the Woods” Global Poemic, 2021
Three Haiku on Mother, runners up – Jupiter Petaluma Haiku Contest, 2021
“Like That Guy” – Survivor Lit, 2021

Short Fiction

“Tiger, Dog, and the Bone Broth” – The Fabulist, 2021
“Landsick” – Short Short, The Racket Journal, 2021 – LISTEN NOW
“Deer Story” (Award Winner) Boston Fiction Annual Review 2006
“Arrest Me” Chemical Lust: A Sex & Drugs Anthology Monophonic Press 2005
“San Andreas” Scrivener Creative Review 2004
“San Andreas” Literary Mama 2005
“Mishpocheh” Green Mountains Review 2004 and Kaleidoscope 2004
“Abandoning Nature” Side Show: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction Somersault Press, 1997 (Awarded Honorable Mention)
“Tuesday Courage” The Slate
“Flies and Maggots” Verve
“Abandoning Nature” Literary Mama 2003
“Showing Pink” Cherry Bleeds 2003
“The Phoenix” Big Ugly Review (contest winner)


The Edge of Maybe Last Light Studio, March, 2012

Nonfiction Books

On the Go with Baby: A Stress-free Guide to Getting Across Town or Around the World Sourcebooks 2002
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Friendship for Teens Alpha Books 2001
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Looking Great for Teens Alpha Books 2000
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to a Well-Behaved Child Alpha Books 1999
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Stepparenting Alpha Books 1998
Mom’s Guide to Disciplining Your Child Alpha Books 1997
Baby Maneuvers Alpha Books 1997

International Book Editions

O Mais Completo Guia Sobre Amizade na Adolescencia (Portuguese language edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Friendship for Teens) Brochura (Brazil) 2003
Jak Wygla Dac Super: Dla dziewczyn i chlopaw od 13 do 19 (Polish language edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Looking Great for Teens) Amber (Poland) 2003

Contributing Personal Essayist

“Beyond the Family Party Face” Because I Love Her Harlequin 2009
“Why My Garden” Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined Seal Press 2005
“Digging Dordogne” France, A Love Story: Women Write About the French Experience Seal Press 2004
“Inchworm Turns Three” Toddler: Real-Life Stories of those Fickle, Urgent, Irrational, Tiny People We Love Seal Press 2003
“Thumbelina: The Complexities of Having a Pretty Little Girl” Child of Mine Hyperion 1997
“Solo” column at Literary Mama 2010
“Red Diaper Dharma”– column at Literary Mama 2006-2008
“Inchworm Turns Three” (reprint) Literary Mama 2004

Feature Articles, Op-Eds, Book Reviews

Diablo Arts, The Noe Valley Voice, Parents’ Press, Chicago Baby

“An Interview with Marion Winik” Literary Mama
“Resident Author” for Monthly articles, essays, humor columns, and on-line advice 1998-2001
Parenting and Childbirth “Expert Editor” for Monthly book reviews, feature articles, and author interviews 1997-1999

Magazine Editing

Founding Fiction Editor, Literary Mama ( 2003
Senior Editor, Literary Mama 2005-2007

Book and Short Story Editing

Private Book Mentor, Writing Coach, Consultant, and Editor 1992-present
Editing/developmental work on short and book-length fiction and nonfiction for over 100 writers and authors.

University Teaching

Lecturer, UC Berkeley Business School Undergraduate and Graduate Communications 1999-2016
Fiction Writing Instructor, UCB Extension, Developing the Novel and others, 2002-2010
Writing Consultant, UC Berkeley Business School EWMBA program 1999-2014
Instructor, UCB Extension, Fall Freshman Program, Public Speaking, 2000-2018
Guest lecturer: Holy Names, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, BUTE (Budapest, Hungary), University of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg, Russia), Cal Alumni Travels (Peru tour), Writers of the Mendocino Coast

Corporate and Non Profit Clients (selected)

Wogrammer, Planet Planner, Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Arup International, TimeMint, Management Institute of Finland, and more

Podcast Host and Producer

Licking the Bowl (2017-present)
Food, sex, death, middle-aged love, moving to the country and raising chickens. What could be hotter? 15-minute episodes featuring excerpts of the book with recipes.

Playwriting, Solo Performance, and Storytelling Credits

Full-Length Solo Show
“A Widow’s To-Do List”

Short(er) Pieces and Storytelling
“In the Elevator”
“Shaggy Dog”
“Elena’s Brother”
“Password Protected”
“Implied Threat by Misguided Student”
“Three Witches, the Clown Car, and Me”
“The Woodman in the Woods”
“Me, Me, Me”
“Sh*t Happens”

Selected Performances

Mills College; Stagewerx, Real Stories: JUDGMENT CALL; Solo Performance Workshop Theater Festival; San Francisco Theater Festival; Solo Sundays; Own Your Story, City Solo, Off-Market Theater; Words First, CounterPULSE; Solohouse, Jean Shelton Theater, Last Day Saloon, Club 9, assorted performances in Tokyo, Japan

Selected Readings and Guest Appearances

Fiction/Non-fiction readings: East Bay on the Brain, San Francisco LitQuake, Boston Fiction Festival, The Sunday Salon (Brooklyn), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Lynchburg, VA), Barnes and Noble (Manhattan), Borders Books (San Francisco and Emeryville), ACWLPB (San Francisco), Get Lost (San Francisco), DIESEL (Oakland), Easy Going Travel (Berkeley), Book Passages (Corte Madera), A Great Good Place for Books (Montclair), Modern Times (San Francisco), Why There Are Words (Sausalito), Inside StoryTime, Booksmith (San Francisco), Shepherd Canyon Literary Series (Oakland), many more.
Panelist: Mills College, Professional Survival for Writers Day
Panelist: National Women’s Book Association, San Francisco
Guest Speaker: Mills College, NWBA, University of San Francisco, MA in Writing Program, Fremont Writers Club, Women’s Book Club of San Francisco, Berkeley Literary Association, Writers of the Mendocino Coast
Sole Juror: Word Play/Play Words, poetry contest sponsored by the Sebastopol Arts Council
One-Woman Shows: San Francisco (Last Day Saloon) and Tokyo
Club 9: Installation and Performance
Radio and Television appearances: Interviewed on over 50 local and national radio programs including NPR. Featured guest on KRON-TV and KGO (ABC) in San Francisco

Honors, Contests, Affiliations

Pushcart Nominee, 2021 “Instructions for Aging in a Time of Great Danger”The Racket 54
“Who Moved My Cheese?” Second Round winner NYC Midnight Short Story Contest, 2021
“Tiger and the Magic Elixir,”  First Round winner NYC Midnight Short Story Contest winner, 2021
“Stay Awake,” Second Round Honorable Mention, NYC Midnight Microfiction Contest, 2021
“Landsick” – First Round Winner, NYC Midnight Microfiction Contest winner, 2020
Fiction Fellowship Recipient: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 2005, 2006
Award Winner: “Deer Story” The Boston Fiction Festival 2006
Fiction Contest Winner: “The Phoenix” The Big Ugly Review 2004
Finalist: San Andreas: Short Fiction on Shaky Ground The Ontario Prize 2006
Honorable Mention: “Abandoning Nature” Side Show 1997: An Anthology of Short Fiction
Founder and host: Wild Plum Literary Salon Memberships: National Writers Union, Friend of West Coast PEN, Literary Mama Board of Directors, Writermamas, WOM-BA


B.A., San Francisco State University: Interdisciplinary Studies in Creative Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Distinguished Graduate Award, Student Leadership Award
Private Writing Workshops: Lynda Barry, Masha Hamilton, Ann Hood, Tom Jenks, Mary Webb, Erin Malone, Ed Skoog, Patricia Spears Jones
Theatrical and Performance Art Training: Lynn Hershman, Linda Montano, R.G. Davis, A.C.T. Young Conservatory, Lee Strasburg Studio (New York), Hank Hyena, Harvey Susser, W. Kamau Bell, Martha Rynberg

Radio and Television Appearances

Interviewed on over 50 local and national radio programs including NPR, KPFA, KALW. Featured guest on KRON-TV and KGO (ABC) in San Francisco

Podcasts and Podcasting

A Sassy Little Podcast for Getting Over It – guest, On Sudden Grief
Licking the Bowl: the story of an appetite –  2 seasons


Board of Directors, Noyo Food Forest, 2022-present
Board of Directors, Speakers, Writers of the Mendocino Coast, 2022-present
Board of Directors, Farms of Amador 2019-2021
Zookeeper’s Assistant, Oakland Zoo (care for hyenas, warthogs, meerkats, vervet monkeys, emus, wallaroos), 2012-2014
AWP Panelist, 2010 and 2022
Advisory Board: Literary Mama; Lina Software
Chair, Campaign Communications Committee: Andrea Macon for District 5, Amador County 2018
Founder and host: Wild Plum Literary Salon 2001-2005