About the Artist
Writer, Poet, Screenwriter
E.J. Batiste, also known as Erica Jasmin, (she/her) is a published writer, poet, and artist originally from Raeford, NC and based in the Houston, TX area. She writes literary fiction, poetry, screenplays, and stage plays. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines in the United States, Canada, and Europe, such as I-70 Review, For Women Who Roar, and Southern Humanities Review (forthcoming). To-date, she also has had one stage play produced. Additionally, E.J.'s artwork and photography have been published in print magazines, as well as online.
Erica holds and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
E.J. is an avid adventurer, having lived and/or traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the United States, and South America. Prior to writing, Erica worked as a preschool teacher and a behavioral therapist (RBT).
Currently, she is the Art Director of Southern Review of Books, a Creative Writing Instructor for a local non-profit organization, a freelance screenwriter, and Poetry Editor of Another Chicago Magazine. She has written some episodes of an upcoming animated children's series and is currently working on her first short story and poetry collections.