Ellery Akers


About Ellery Akers

Ellery Akers is an award-winning writer and artist living on the coast of Northern California.

Her new book of poems, Swerve: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Resistance, is forthcoming in January from Blue Light Press. Her previous collection, Practicing the Truth, won the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize, the 2015 Bay Area Book Festival Award, and a 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award. Her first poetry book, Knocking on the Earth, was named a Best Book of the Year by The San Jose Mercury News. She is also the author of a children's novel, Sarah's Waterfall: A Healing Story About Sexual Abuse.

Akers has won thirteen national writing awards, including the John Masefield and Paumanok Awards, the Poetry International Prize, and Sierra magazine's Nature Writing Award. Her poetry has been featured on American Life in Poetry and on National Public Radio and has appeared in such journals as Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and the New York Times Magazine. Her nature essays have been published in numerous anthologies, including Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (Ballantine). Her play, Letters to Anna, won a Dominican University One Act Play Festival Award.

Among her honors are fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Ucross Foundation.

She has taught at private workshops and at Cabrillo College, and has been on the faculty of writing conferences at Squaw Valley, Humboldt State University, Foothill College, and Skyline College.

An award-winning visual artist as well, Akers has exhibited her artwork in galleries and museums nationally, including the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

Winner, 2015
San Francisco Book Festival Poetry Award

Winner of a 2015 IPPY Award

Practicing the Truth by Ellery AkersPracticing the Truth is one of those rare books one can't stop reading. It's that good, that compelling.”
Dorianne Laux, about Practicing the Truth

“…I can’t say strongly enough how story becomes an art form in this book. Ellery Akers has the golden gift, with good profit to literature. ”
Grace Cavalieri, The Washington Independent Review of Books

“…stunning poems… a fine and impressive book…”
Sonja James, The Journal