Erika Bolstad is a journalist writing a book about motherhood and its absence, told through the story of the North Dakota oil boom and her family’s mineral rights on land her great-grandmother homesteaded in the early 1900s. A former newspaper reporter, Bolstad covered environmental issues for the McClatchy Washington bureau. She was also the Washington correspondent for the Miami Herald, and spent four years covering Washington for the Anchorage Daily News and the Idaho Statesman.
Her work on the Larry Craig scandal for the Statesman was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Bolstad lived in Florida for seven years, where she worked at the Miami Herald covering politics, the state legislature, local government and hurricanes—including Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans. Born in Minnesota and raised in Oregon, Bolstad lives, writes, and teaches yoga in Washington, D.C.