About


Mary Akers
Mary Akers
is an ocean advocate whose fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in a number of international journals including Bellevue Literary Review, Guernica, The Fiddlehead, Mississippi Review Online, and Brevity. She was awarded a 2012 Pushcart Special Mention for her story “Like Snow, Only Grayer” which first appeared in Bellevue Literary Review. Her creative work frequently 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. Akers has been a Bread Loaf work-study scholar and a VCCA fellow. She is the proud and enthusiastic editor-in-chief of the online journal r.kv.r.y.  Her creative work is repped by Zoe Sandler at ICM.

in 1999, Akers co-founded the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology, a marine field station and research center originally located in Roseau, Dominica. For recreation she enjoys snorkeling, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, and snowshoeing.  Akers has worked as a bookbinder in Colonial Williamsburg, a potter on Historic Jamestown Island, an art teacher in Hawaii, a fabric seller, and a cook in a nursing home. Although raised in Virginia’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains—which she will always call home—she currently lives in western New York.

Photo by Bridget Baker

Interviews/Articles/Reviews:

The Iowa Review reviews Bones, 2016
Interview, Newfound Journal
PANK reviews Bones, 2014
The Short Review, 2014
The Story Prize Blog, 2014
Interview, Read This
Interview, Ashland Creek Press
Interview, Perpetual Folly
WBEN Author Interview (Radio), 2013
Dear Teen Me, 2012
LCTV Author Interview, 2009
Storyglossia Interview
Mid-American Review
Author Exposure
Get Lit!
Eclectica
Niagara Living
The Short Review
Interview with TSR