Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Erica Minutella spent her childhood immersed in imaginary worlds populated by mythical creatures and Star Wars characters. She took that early fascination with the strange and unusual and directed it towards a completely impractical career path. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's program in English Literature, she delights in slipping in nerdy pop-culture references while writing and editing for local, arts-related publications and serving as a freelance social media consultant. Her passion projects can be found in the form of fictional publications, including a short story that appeared in The Philly Anthology (Volume 1), and a poetry collection, Rejected Poetry, published to Amazon Kindle. With a goal of eternally falling more in love with Philadelphia, she remains active as a volunteer for organizations like InLiquid Art + Design, Da Vinci Art Alliance, and Philly Makers Meetup.