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. Erica has worked as an editor and publisher of books for children and young adults since 1988, including 10 years with Penguin Australia, one year starting a children's list for Duffy & Snellgrove and 20 years with Allen & Unwin, and is a co-director of the micro publishing house Twelve Panels Press. In 2019, Erica and Johanna Bell facilitated the successful Octopus Story Camp in Darwin for 24 Top End writers and artists.
In 2017 Erica was awarded the Dromkeen Medal and in 2020 the Australian Book Industry's Pixie O'Harris Award for outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children’s books. She is now a freelance publishing consultant with a special interest in collaborative book development projects and illustrated books. She conducts collage and 'walk and draw' workshops for adults and children, as well as mentorships and manuscript consultations.