Dr.

Diane Ackerman

Independent
Writer (essayist, poet, memoirist)
Area
Humanities and Arts
Specialty
Literature
Elected
2016

Ackerman is an essayist, memoirist, poet, and nature writer known for her wide-ranging curiosity and poetic explorations of the natural world. Her books include The Human Age (2014), The Zookeepers Wife (2008), and A Natural History of the Senses (1990). She has taught at Columbia and Cornell, served as director of the Writers Program at Washington University in St. Louis (1984-86) and as a staff writer at The New Yorker (1988-94), and was a visiting scholar at Cornell’s Society for the Humanities (1998-2000). In 1995, Ackerman hosted a five-part PBS Nova miniseries, Mystery of the Senses, based on her book.

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