Erica Thompson, Moderator

Erica Thompson is an assistant editor at Columbus Alive, a weekly arts and community magazine serving central Ohio. Her articles have also appeared on, and in Sister 2 Sister magazine. She has been awarded by the Press Club of Cleveland and the Society of Professional Journalists for her

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thompson has a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University’s acclaimed E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where she completed her thesis on Prince. She was invited to present her research on Prince’s spirituality at Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince at the University of Salford, UK; the Prince from Minneapolis symposium at the University of Minnesota; and at EYE NO: Prince Lovesexy Symposium at New York University.

She has been published in “Theology of Prince,” a journal by the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She is currently finishing her first book, a comprehensive study of Prince’s spiritual journey.