logo logo

Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman, American author, educator. Recipient Black Warrior Review Poetry prize, 1981; Abbie Copps Poetry prize, 1974; Pushcart prize, 1983; Peter I.B. Lavan Poetry prize, 1985; CAPS creative writing fellow, 1980; Rockefeller fellow, 1974-1975; National Endowment Arts fellow, 1976, 85; National Book Circuit Critics nomination, 1991; Wordsmith award, 1992; Literary Lion award New York Public Library., 1994.


  • Ackerman, Diane was born on October 7, 1948 in Waukegan, Illinois. Daughter of Sam and Marcia Molly (Tischler) Fink.

  • Education

    • Student, Boston University, 1967; Bachelor in English, Pennsylvania State University, 1970; Master of Fine Arts, Cornell University, 1976; Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1978.


    • Editorial assistant Library Journal, New York City, 1970. Teaching fellow Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1971-1978. Assistant professor University Pittsburgh, since 1980.

      Visiting writer-in-residence College William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1982-1983, Ohio University, Athens, 1983. Writer-in-residence Washington University, St. Louis, since 1984, director WRiting Programs, since 1982. Visiting writer Columbia University, New York City, 1986, New York University, 1986.

      Member literature panel New York State Council on Arts, since 1980. Member poetry panel Pennsylvania Arts Council, 1980, Creative Artists Public Service Program, 1978. Member advisory board Planetary Society, since 1980.

      Host (television series) Mystery of the Senses.


    • I Praise My Destroyer: Poems
    • In her first new book of poetry since Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, poet and naturalist Diane Ackerman combines her deep understanding of the world with her immense passion for language to craft richly sensual poems that "honor all life/wherever and in whatever form/it may deal.
    • Jaguar of Sweet Laughter
    • For readers who know Diane Ackerman only through her recent best-selling book A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SENSES or her luminous nature essays, this new collecction of verse will come as no surprise.
    • A Natural History Of Love
    • The bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses now explores the allure of adultery, the appeal of aphrodisiacs, and the cult of the kiss.


    Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Author's Guild, Explorer's Club.


    • mother: Marcia Molly (Tischler) Fink
    • father: Sam
    See on larger map
    Born October 7, 1948
    (age 67)
    • 1967
      Boston University
    • 1970
      Pennsylvania State University
    • 1976
      Cornell University
    • 1978
      Cornell University
    • 1970
      Editorial assistant, Library Journal
    • 1971 - 1978
      teaching fellow, Cornell University
      Ithaca, New York, United States
    • 1980
      assistant, professor University Pittsburgh