Plainspoken, Akers’s unflinching poems investigate grief and joy as they explore the human condition. In her essay “On Writing: Feeding the Lake,” Akers stated, “I believe the process of poetry is mysterious. Jung once said that poets carry the soul of the culture, and I think good poems do reflect a kind of psychic development that transcends craft or competence.”
Her honors include the Poetry International Prize, the John Masefield Award, the Paumanok Award, and Sierra magazine’s Nature Writing Award; fellowships and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, and Headlands Center for the Arts; and a grant from the Marin Arts Council.
Akers lives in Marin County, California.