He holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a presidential fellow. From 2015-2018 he was a Princeton INCH scholar.
His poetry has been published in Blazevox, Crab Fat, Cleaver, and Maudlin House, among others. In 2018, his poem "I still store honey for you" was nominated by Hoot for a Pushcart prize and he was named an honorable mention for Survision's inaugural James Tate Chapbook Prize. In 2019, his poem "Stonhenge" was nominated for a best of the net by Cleaver.
His flash has been featured in Leopardskins and Limes, formercactus, Unbroken, and Pidgeonholes. In 2018, Pidgeonholes nominated his flash, "Dead Giraffe in a Big City" for the Best Microfictions 2018.
Erik has taught extensively across multiple institutions, including The University of Notre Dame, St. John's University, The College of New Rochelle, and Suffolk County Community College. He has also served as the Assistant Director at the University of Iowa's Center for Teaching.