Writer and teacher Amanda Ackerman earned an MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work blurs the lines between poetry, narrative, and prose. Her engagement with ecopoetics is informed by her longtime work as a flower essence practitioner. In a note on the making of The Book of Feral Flora in an online conversation with Divya Victor for the Poetry Foundation, Ackerman stated, “The earth is at a tipping point, and we need the intelligence, counsel, and wisdom of other creatures. My writing process for Feral Flora attempts cross-species collaboration. It attempts to expose the co-evolutionary nature of language and acknowledges that human language has not been fashioned by humans alone, although many humans have certainly attempted to stamp out the perspectives of other creatures within the linguistic system itself.”
She is the author of The Book of Feral Flora (2015) as well as several chapbooks, including The Seasons Cemented (2010), I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck (2011), and Short Stones (2012). With Harold Abramowitz, she coauthored the chapbook Sin is to Celebration (2009) and Man’s Wars And Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies and Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, And Ill-Will (2017). She writes as part of the collaborative projects SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and U.N.F.O. (Unauthorized Narrative Freedom Organization), whose audio-text project Explanation as Composition was featured at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
In 2006, Ackerman and Abramowitz cofounded the literary micropress eohippus labs. She lives in Los Angeles.