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Mary Akers's Biography

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western NY
Len Pratt
Jan 2008

Mary Akers' fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in various international journals such as Bellevue Literary Review, The Fiddlehead, and Primavera. Her personal essays on parenting and the writing life are forthcoming in several anthologies. She frequently writes fiction that focuses on the intersections between art and science, including such topics as diverse and timely as the environmental movement and the struggle for human and animal rights. She is a co-founder of the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology, a study abroad marine ecology program located in Roseau, Dominica and in her spare time she enjoys snorkeling, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, canoeing and snowshoeing. Among other jobs, she has worked as an historical interpreter/bookbinder in Colonial Williamsburg and as a production potter at Historic Jamestown Island. Although raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia—which she will always call home—she currently lives in Western New York with her husband and three children.

Influences

T.C. Boyle

Margaret Atwood

Rick Bass

Andrea Barrett

Russell Banks

Barbara Kingsolver

Edwidge Danticat

Charles Dickens

Upcoming Works

ONE LIFE TO GIVE: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others, forthcoming from The Experiment in January 2010.

Agents

Isobel Dixon

Recommended Links

Publishers

The Experiment Publishing
Press 53
Allen & Unwin (Australia)
Simon & Schuster (UK and Canada)