Erica Wright '99 celebrates book launch

Posted October 7, 2011

On October 7, 2011 Erica Wright '99 celebrates the launch of her first full-length collection of poems, Instructions for Killing the Jackal (Black Lawrence Press). Erica will be reading at several events around New York City during October. Her first event is this evening at Bluestockings Bookstore.

Erica is the poetry editor at Guernica Magazine. She graduated from N.Y.U. in 2003 with a B.A. in English and earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University in 2007.

Guernica's event announcement for Wright's book launch comments that "these poems traffic in mythmaking, using a combination of Southern folklore, urban legend, and ancient parallels. In advance praise of the book, [poet] Timothy Donnelly says, 'In poem after poem, [Wright] sinks her heels into adversity, pulls back on its rope like a pro, and throws down in a language equal to the experience.'"

Erica's Poems have appeared in publications such as Denver Quarterly Review, Drunken Boat, Harper Palate, Memorious, New Orleans Review, Pequod, Small Spiral Notebook, and she is featured in audio archive From the Fishouse. Her fist publication was a 2009 chapbook, Silt (Dancing Girl Press).

To read more about Erica, you can visit her blog at

Instructions for Killing the Jackal will soon be available on

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