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Wagner, Erica

Erica Wagner

Elected: 2023

Image credit: Theo Wagner

Erica Wagner was born in New York and lives in London. Her most recent book is Mary and Mr Eliot: A Sort-of Love Story. Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge was published in 2017 and was the winner of the Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writers’ Award. She is the editor of First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner as well as a novel, Seizure, and a book of short stories, Gravity. She was the literary editor of The Times for 17 years and is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and consulting literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar. She has judged the Booker Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize. In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary PhD by the University of East Anglia. She is Goldsmiths Distinguished Writers’ Centre Fellow.

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