When she was three years old, Erin Van Rheenen's parents moved the family from Portland, Oregon, to Lagos, Nigeria. This two-year stint would be the first of many extended stays abroad--from Quito to Dublin to Oaxaca to Costa Rica--that inspired her to write about her experiences outside of her home country.
Besides authoring and updating Living Abroad in Costa Rica (livingabroadincostarica.com), Erin also created the Costa Rica Trip Ideas app, launched the Miss Move Abroad web site and advice column, and wrote a bilingual children's book about a manatee (zonatropical.net/manatee.htm). She has contributed to many guidebooks, and publishes stories, articles, and essays in venues such as Fiction, Internazionale, New American Media and the Los Angeles Times. Erin has won prizes for her fiction and nonfiction writing, and has been included in Best Women's Travel Writing.
She earned a BA in Latin American Literature from UC Santa Cruz, an MA in Fiction Writing from CUNY New York, and has taught writing at CUNY, at a private high school in San Francisco, and in the San Francisco Women's County Jail.
Photos of Erin by David W. Smith.