The Creative Minds Behind the Event

Author Eliza Reid
Founding Director Eliza Reid

Eliza Reid co-founded the Iceland Writers Retreat with Erica Jacobs Green in 2014. Her first book, Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland’s Extraordinary Women and How They How Changing the World, was published to critical acclaim in Feb 2022. It was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Pick, an instant bestseller in Canada, and is forthcoming in numerous languages. She is a former editor of Icelandair’s in-flight magazine and has been published in numerous publications, including the New York Times and CNN Opinion.
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Founding Director Erica Jacobs Green

Erica Jacobs Green has worked in book publishing for nearly twenty-five years. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in English, she was most recently the Vice President, Editorial Director for Children’s Publishing at National Geographic. Highlights of Erica’s publishing career include positions as a children’s book editor at Chronicle Books, founder of Ever After Studios (a book production company), and Director of Publishing at Discovery Channel (Discovery Communications).
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IWR Staff

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Volunteer Coordinator and Social Media Manager Lisa Gail Shannen

Lisa Gail Shannen hails from Manchester, England, and loves creative writing and literature with a passion! Although she’s been fascinated with words from the age of seven (when all she wanted for Christmas was her very own dictionary), she didn’t fully appreciate the beauty of well-crafted text until she was introduced to Ibsen, Shakespeare, Chekov, and other great icons of literature, via her work with critically-acclaimed directors such as Terry Hands and Hilda Hellwig at the National Theatre.
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Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Nunberg

Elizabeth Nunberg has been involved with IWR as a volunteer since its origins. A native of Minnesota with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, she is very active within education in Iceland as co-founder of the International School of Iceland, founder and co-chair of the English Department at Hjallastefnan schools, and an English instructor.
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