Erica Wagner is an artist, publisher and creative consultant to storytellers. She exhibits regularly in solo and group shows and was the 2017 winner of the inaugural VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Art Prize. For over thirty-three years, Erica has worked as an editor and publisher of books for children and young adults including 20 years as a publisher with Allen & Unwin, and she is currently a co-director of the graphic novel enterprise, Twelve Panels Press. The first children’s book editor to receive the Beatrice Davis Fellowship in 1999, she was awarded the 2017 Dromkeen Medal and the 2020 Australian Book Industry's Pixie O'Harris Award for her outstanding contribution to Australian children’s books. In 2019 Johanna Bell and Erica facilitated the inaugural Octopus Story Camp for Top End artists and writers. As a freelance publishing consultant and project manager, she has a special interest in collaborative book development projects and illustrated books. She also conducts collage and walk and draw workshops for adults and children, as well as manuscript consultations and mentorships for writers and illustrators.