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Marin Poets Live! is a public access television show presented by Marin County Free Library and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Library. The show introduces local Marin poets and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin County has had on their poetry. The monthly show appears the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm PST. Check the Community Media Center of Marin for schedules.

The interview with Ellery Akers aired on Marin Poets Live! on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:30pm (Credits - Director: Nancy Finston, Cameras: Brad Flaharty, Technical Director: Lori Greenleaf, Producers: Neshama Franklin and Brian Jones).

Watch the archived episode and read Ellery Akers' biography and bibliography below.

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Eller Akers

Ellery Akers is an award-winning writer and artist living in Marin County. She is the winner of eleven national writing awards and is the author of two collections of poems, Practicing the Truth and Knocking on the Earth, as well as a children's novel, Sarah's Waterfall. Her poetry has been featured on American Life in Poetry and on National Public Radio, and she has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, and Headlands Center for the Arts.

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. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and The Sun, among other journals.

She is also an award-winning visual artist, and has exhibited her artwork in galleries and museums nationally, including the Anchorage Museum of History of Art and the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

About her work, W.S. Merwin has said: “ These poems embody a quest for directness and for a lost sense of the living world….That life, that oneness are a joy to discover.”     

More information can be found on her website,


  • 2015 - San Francisco Book Festival Poetry Award
  • 2015 - Independent Publisher Book Award, Silver Medal in Poetry
  • 2014 - Autumn House Poetry Prize
  • 2011 - Poetry International Prize
  • 2010 - NAPPA Award; Mom’s Choice (Gold) Award
  • 2009 - Skipping Stones Magazine Award
  • 1996 - Paumanok Poetry Award
  • 1992 - Marin Arts Council Grant for Poetry
  • 1990 - Sierra Magazine Nature Writing Award 
  • 1985 - Gordon Barber Award, Poetry Society of America
  • 1984 & 1980 - John Masefield Award, Poetry Society of America
  • 1974 - Academy of American Poets Award