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Interview with Roy Mash and Ellery Akers by Neshama Franklin





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Published on Feb 5, 2014

Marin Poets Live! ( is a public access television monthly show presented by Marin County Free Library ( and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Branch Library. The show introduces local Marin poets and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin County has had on their poetry.

In each interview, Neshama spends time eliciting background from each poet as well as offering her insights into the poems that each guest reads aloud.

This interview with Roy Mash and Ellery Akers aired Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:30pm.

The monthly show appears the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm PST. Check the Community Media Center of Marin for schedules (

Roy Mash Biography

Roy Mash is a long time board member of Marin Poetry Center. In previous lives he received degrees in English, Philosophy, and Computer Science.

Currently Mash is appearing as a regular in the soap opera of his life, where his character can be found doodling his brief time away staring out of café windows, dabbing up the seeds that have fallen from an everything bagel, and mentally thumbing over his poems that have appeared widely in journals such as Agni, Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, The Evansville Review, Nimrod, Passages North, Poetry East, Rhino, and River Styx.

More idle information can be found at:

2013 - Buyer's Remorse

Ellery Akers Biography

Ellery Akers is an award-winning writer and artist living in Marin County. She is the winner of ten national writing awards and the author of a book of poems, Knocking on the Earth, and a children's novel, Sarah's Waterfall. Her poetry has been featured on American Life in Poetry and on National Public Radio, and she has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, and Headlands Center for the Arts.

She has taught at private workshops and at Cabrillo College, and has been on the faculty of writing conferences at Squaw Valley, Humboldt State University, Foothill College, and Skyline College. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and The Sun, among other journals.

She is also an award-winning visual artist, and has exhibited her artwork in galleries and museums nationally, including the Anchorage Museum of History of Art and the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

About her work, W.S. Merwin has said: " These poems embody a quest for directness and for a lost sense of the living world....That life, that oneness are a joy to discover."

More information can be found on her website,

2011 - Poetry International Prize
2010 - NAPPA Award
2010 - Mom's Choice (Gold) Award
2009 - Skipping Stones Magazine Award
1996 - Paumanok Poetry Award
1992 - Marin Arts Council Grant for Poetry
1990 - Sierra Magazine Nature Writing Award
1985 - Gordon Barber Award, Poetry Society of America
1984 & 1980 - John Masefield Award, Poetry Society of America
1974 - Academy of American Poets Award

2009 - Sarah's Waterfall: A Healing Story About Sexual Abuse
1989 - Knocking on the Earth

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