"Erik Wright is the next Leon Metz."

 Marcus Huff, historian and former editor of True West Magazine and the Wild West History Association Journal (Ten Sleep, Wyo.)

*** 2016 WWHA Award Winner for "Outstanding Article on Western History" ***

*** Winner of 7 Arkansas Press Association Awards ***

Erik Wright has more than 16 years of proven success as a published historian and historical consultant. A former Southwestern archaeologist and journalist, Erik is now recognized by many as an authority on borderlands violence. Currently, Erik serves as assistant editor of the National Edition of The Tombstone Epitaph.

A contributing writer for the National Tombstone Epitaph, Weatherford Democrat and Mineral Wells Index, and former copy editor for the WWHA Journal as well as frequent contributor to Wild West Magazine, and Journal of the West, Erik continues to write extensively on western and borderlands law and disorder. He has special interests Earp-era Tombstone, the Apache Wars, Texas Rangers, frontier gamblers and Australian banditry.

Erik has authored three books on regional history with a focus on violence as well as a score of scholarly papers and popular articles. In addition to his writings he is also the founder of Main Street Mayhem, an occasional walking tour of downtown Paragould, Arkansas.

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Professional Historical Consultation / Speaking Engagements 


Memberships & Affiliations

  • Pitcairn & Norfolk Islands Society (U.K.), (Member)
  • Latin American & Caribbean Section (LACS) Southern Historical Association (Member)
  • Wild West History Association (Member)
  • Greene County Historical & Genealogical Society (Past Member)
  • Chicago Corral of Westerners (Past Contributing Member)
  • English Westerners' Society (Past Member)
  • Adobe Corral of Westerners (Past Member)
  • Arizona Archaeological Council (Past Member)
  • Arizona Geological Society (Past Member)

For more information on consultation, speaking engagements or other services, please contact:

arizonahistorical@gmail.com     /   (520) 260-0303

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"Erik Wright is a gifted author and historical researcher whose work has been published regularly in the USA. His interests are diverse – covering American frontier history and also the history of the Bligh Mutiny on the Bounty. He is known for his thorough research and ability to seek out important primary source documents. Erik is also an accomplished and engaging presenter who speaks with authority on his chosen topics." - Peter Brand, Earp/Tombstone Historian & Author of Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Posse Rider: The Story of Texas Jack Vermillion, Sydney (Australia)

“Erik is an excellent researcher. When faced with a difficult project, he doesn’t back down or give up. If he isn’t able to find an answer immediately, he tries new avenues and will seek out new directions. He isn’t afraid to put in the hard work and long hours that in-depth research requires. Additionally, Erik is a great writer. He is able to easily put his thoughts on paper and express his thoughts. Erik is enjoyable to work with and he has the personality and knowledge to succeed in any project he undertakes.” - Jill McCleary, Collections Librarian at Arizona Historical Society, Tucson

"He [Erik Wright] is well-regarded by his peers for proper use of historical methodology." - Paul Cool, Borderlands Historian/Author of Salt Warriors: Insurgency on the Rio Grande

"I recommend him without any hesitation." - Roy B. Young, Western Historian/Author/Editor, Wild West History Association Journal

"Erik conducts archival research with great fervor, and he produces excellent scholarship." - Shannon Sawyer, Scholar (University of North Texas)

"Erik's grasp of history is amazing. He is able to sift through the chaff that collects through the years keeping the facts accurate and easy to follow for the reader or listener." - Jeff Wright, Business Professional

"Erik instantly won my trust in his knowledge of Arizona History which put him at the top on my list of Historians." - Soni Cido, Independent Historian/Researcher

 Paragould, Arkansas | 520-260-0303