A native Californian, Erica Gillingham has lived in London since 2009. Erica completed her PhD at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University in Autumn 2017. Her thesis examined narrative constructions of same-sex relationships between female characters in young adult novels and graphic texts across genres and forms. Erica received her MA degree in Children’s Literature from the same university in 2010, and her BAs in Feminist Studies and Literature (Creative Writing) from the University of California – Santa Cruz in 2007. Her reviews and articles on children’s and young adult literature have been published on various book review blogs and industry journals. She also volunteers with Poet in the City, as part of their audio team, and Inclusive Minds, as a collaborator.
Photo by Kendra Bean.