ERIN TRAHAN (pictured here with her mom) is an arts reporter, critic, and educator specializing in independent film. She has been a regular contributor to WBUR (Boston’s NPR news station) and the ARTery since 2013 and has also written for The Boston Globe, MovieMaker Magazine, Women’s Review of Books, and The Independent, where she served as editor from 2009 to 2016. She’s currently a member of Emerson College’s affiliated faculty where she teaches a course on film journalism. She has co-authored six Frommer’s Guides to Montreal and Quebec City and has created adult education classes that travel to film festivals, including to Montreal. As a keen believer in public dialogue, she often moderates post-film panels and leads on-stage interviews. On her more literary days, she writes essays and poems and for many years read poetry submissions for AGNI. She earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA in poetry from Bennington College. She lives with her family and very old cat on Boston’s North Shore.