Erica Wright

Erica Wright (Fiction, Poetry) | Nashville, TN

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Erica Wright’s latest crime novel The Granite Moth (Pegasus) was called “brisk, dark, slinky” by USA Today. Her debut, The Red Chameleon (Pegasus), was one of O, The Oprah Magazine‘s Best Books of Summer 2014. She is also the author of the poetry collection Instructions for Killing the Jackal (Black Lawrence Press) and the chapbook Silt (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, From the Fishouse, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, Spinning Jenny, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor and a senior editor at Guernica Magazine as well as an editorial board member for Alice James Books. She has taught creative writing at Marymount Manhattan College and New York University’s continuing studies program. She grew up in Wartrace, TN and received her B.A. from New York University and her M.F.A. from Columbia University.


The Granite Moth (Pegasus, 2015). Fiction. Crime/Detective.
The Red Chameleon (Pegasus, 2014). Fiction. Crime/Detective.
Instructions for Killing the Jackal (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). Poetry.


Press & Reviews

“This brisk, dark, slinky sequel to Erica Wright’s first P.I. novel, The Red Chameleon, again features the winning Kathleen Stone, former cop and current private detective.”
—Charles Finch, USA Today

“[T]here’s still something very appealing about Kathleen Stone, a quick-change artist who can slip into the persona of Katie, Kat, Kitty, Kathy, Kate, Katya—or her personal favorite, 15-year-old Keith—at the drop of a hat or, more likely, the switch of a wig.”
— Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

Instructions for Killing the Jackal might not actually be a manual for killing Canis aureus, but it could be a guidebook for poets hoping to write with originality and confidence.”
—Nick Ripatrazone, The Iowa Review

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