Erica Wagner was born in New York City and is a widely-acclaimed author and critic. She is the author of Gravity: Stories, Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters and Seizure, a novel; she is the editor of First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner. Twice a judge of the Man Booker Prize, she was literary editor of The Times for 17 years and is now contributing literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar, a contributing writer for the New Statesman, as well as writing for the Financial Times, the Economist and the New York Times. She was the recipient of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award in 2014, and Chief Engineer, her biography of Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, is published by Bloomsbury in 2017. She taught for two terms as a guest tutor on the MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths before joining the staff; she has taught creative writing courses for the past seven years at the Faber Academy.
She joined Goldsmiths in 2016 and teaches on the Undergraduate English and Creative Writing programme and will supervise PhDs in Creative and Critical Writing. As broad research topics, she is interested in American fiction and non-fiction, the integration of scientific and medical writing with fiction -- but is open to any interesting idea.
1986 - 1989: BA Hons, English Literature Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
1990 - 1991: MA, Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
2015: Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of East Anglia