Akers attended Radcliffe College at Harvard University, where she was an editor of The Advocate, and where she earned a B.A. in 1967. She took postraduate studies at San Francisco State University, earnng an M.A. in 1974.
Akers lives on the coast of Northern California. She is the author of a collection of poems, Knocking on the Earth (1989), and an illustrated children's novel, Sarah's Waterfall: A Healing Story About Sexual Abuse (2009).
Her poetry has been featured on National Public Radio, and has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Harvard Magazine, Ploughshares, The Sun, and many other magazines. Her nature essays have been included in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her play, Letters to Anna: 1846-54, won a Dominican University One Act Play Festival Award in 2003.
Akers has won 9 national awards for writing, including the John Masefield Award, the Paumanok Award, the Gordon Barber Award, and Sierra magazine's Nature Writing Award.
Akers has exhibited her artwork in a number of galleries and museums in the United States, and her fellowships include writing residencies at Ucross Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, the MacDowell Colony, and Headlands Center for the Arts.
- Turning: A story and poems (as Ellery Jane Akers). San Francisco, CA: San Francisco State University, 1974.
- Knocking on the Earth. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1989.
- Sarah's Waterfall: A healing story about sexual abuse. Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press, 2009.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Ah, Wilderness is Paradise Enow," Harvard Crimson, May 8, 1989. Web, Mar. 15, 2014.
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/Knocking-Earth-Wesleyan-New-Poets/dp/0819521612 Akers Poetry
- ↑ http://www.safersociety.org/allbks/wp135.php Akers Fiction
- ↑ https://www.aprweb.org/article/on-writing-feeding-lake Akers NonFiction
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 http://www.elleryakers.com/
- ↑ http://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/385 Akers Poetry
- ↑ http://www.ucrossfoundation.org/residency_program/alumni_list/literature.html Akers Residencies
- ↑ Search results = au:Ellery Akers, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 15, 2014.
- "Ellery Akers at Voices: Compassionate education ("The Word That is a Prayer," "The Dead," "Hook")
- Ellery Akers at the Poetry Foundation.
- Poetry at ElleryAkers.com (4 poems)
- Ellery Akers at Amazon.com
- Ellery Akers Official website.
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