Erica Dawn Lyle is a writer, musician, and curator who lives in New York City.
She is the author of On The Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of The City (Soft Skull, 2008), and her writing has appeared in, among other places, Art in America, Artforum, Frieze, and on NPR’s This American Life.
Since 1991, she has edited and published the DIY art/crime/punk magazine, SCAM. Her most recent book is Streetopia (Booklyn, 2015), based on the celebrated San Francisco anti-gentrification art fair she co-curated in 2012.
Long involved in DIY publishing and grassroots activism, Lyle worked for many years as a street outreach worker at Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco while co-editing the infamous San Francisco Skid Row newspaper, The Turd-Filled Donut. Since 2017, Lyle has co-hosted Brooklyn’s Free Air Radio and helped run and coordinate programming at the experimental venue, 7 Belvidere in Bushwick.
Lyle has recorded some 30 records with at least 17 bands. In 2019 she will join Bikini Kill on guitar for a series of reunion shows