Erik Askarov was born on February 10, 1959 in village Dyuseke Bulaev North-Kazakhstan region.
In 1974 finished Voroshilov’s eight year school, in 1976 Almaty’s boarding school №9. In 1976-1978 studied in Drama school at the Kazakh academic drama theater named after A. Auezov. In 1978 he entered the Almaty Theatrical and art institute (nowadays named after T. Turgenov) and in 1983 graduated it with the speciality director of drama.
He put performances at the Kazakh academic theater named after Auezov and at Kokshetau theater named after Sh. Husainov, also shot the movie Snow Girl on Kazakhtelevision.
For 1983-1988 he worked as the correspondent of the “Мәдениет және тұрмыс” magazine (nowadays it is called “Парасат”), the editor and the director of the Kazakh television, the editor of criticism department in publishing house 'Zhazushy' (“Жазушы”).
From 1988 to 1991 he was the director of House of writers of Kazakstan’s Union of writers.
From 1991 to 1998 he lived in Kokshetau and headed regional office of the writers Union and publishing house named after Nauan Hazret. Since August, 1998 lives in Astana. Editor-in-chief of the state publishing house 'Elorda' (“Елорда”).
The author of poetic collections: 'A Swallow', (“Қарлығаш”, “Ласточка”), 'Zhetygen ('“Жетiген”, “Семиструнка”), 'Lebedinka' (“Көгiлдiр”, “Лебединка”), 'KIndhearted people of Astana' (“Астана жұртын айналсам”, “Добрые люди Астаны”), novels 'The next summer' (“Келер жылы жазда”, “Следующим летом”, plays 'Birzhan Sal' (“Бiржан сал”)., 'Petropavlovsk is a Red town' (“Кызыл кала Кызылжар”, “Петропавловск — город красный”), 'Beyond the airport the sky' (“Аэропорттан әрi — аспан”, “За аэропортом — небо”).