Diane Ackerman

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General Information

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Name: Diane Ackerman

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry, Non-Fiction

Born: October 7, 1948 in Waukegan, Illinois

Website: www.dianeackerman.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dianeackerman.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianesackerman

Email: inkdream@hotmail.com

Illinois Connection

Ackerman was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Diane Ackerman, born Diane Fink, is an American author, poet, and naturalist known best for her work A Natural History of the Senses. Her writing style, can best be described as a blend of poetry, colloquial history, and easy-reading science. She has taught at various universities, including Columbia and Cornell, and her essays regularly appear in distinguished popular and literary journals.

Diane currently resides in Ithaca, New York.

Published Works

  • The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral, Harper Collins, 1976
  • Wife of Light, Harper Collins, 1978
  • Twilight of the Tenderfoot, Harper Collins, 1980
  • Lady Faustus, Harper Collins, 1983
  • On Extended Wings, Simon & Schuster, 1985
  • A Natural History of the Senses, Knopf Publishing, 1990
  • Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems, Random House, 1991
  • The Moon by Whale Light, and Other Adventures Among Bats and Crocodilains, Penguins and Whales, 1991
  • Reverse Thunder: A Dramatic Poem, Lumen Books, 1992
  • A Natural History of Love, 1994
  • The Rarest of the Rare, 1995
  • Monk Seal Hideaway, 1995
  • A Slender Thread, 1997
  • Bats: Shadows in the Night, 1997
  • I Praise My Destroyer, 1998
  • Deep Play, 1999
  • The Senses of Animals, 2000
  • Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden, HarperCollins Publishers, 2002
  • Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire, HarperCollins Publishers, 2002
  • Animal Sense, Alfred A. Knopf, 2003
  • An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain, Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, 2004
  • The Zookeeper's Wife: a War Story, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 2007
  • Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day, W. W. Norton & Company, 2010
  • One Hundred Names for Love: A Memoir, W. W. Norton & Company, Reprint edition, 2012
  • The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us, W. W. Norton & Company, 2014

Titles at Your Library

Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New & Selected Poems

ISBN: 0679402144
Release Date: 1991-04-03

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Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire

ISBN: 0060199881
Release Date: 2002-10-01

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Animal Sense

ISBN: 0375923845
Release Date: 2003-02-11

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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

ISBN: 9780393061727
Release Date: 2007-09-17

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One Hundred Names for Love: A Memoir

ISBN: 0393341747
Release Date: 2012-04-02

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Literary Awards

  • Poetry Prize, Academy of American Poets, 1972
  • Peter B. Lavin Poetry Award in 1985

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact author via Email at:


External Links

Diane Ackerman on WorldCat


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