Born in 1949 in Concord, Massachusetts, Erica Funkhouser studied at Vassar College and Stanford University. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including: Earthly (Houghton Mifflin, 2008); Pursuit (2002); Sure Shot and Other Poems (1992); and Natural Affinities (1983).
She was a recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Foundation grant for poetry. She has also worked as a playwright.
She lives in Essex, Massachusetts and teaches poetry-writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.