Ally Acker’s poems have appeared widely in, The American Voice, The Antioch Review, Ms Magazine, Plexus. Ploughshares, Poetry Kanto (Japan), Sojourner, The Southwest Review, and The Sun among other publications. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Garden Street Press publication prize for her first collection of poems, Surviving Desire in 1994, the Chester H. Jones Foundation Award, and the Carl Sandburg Centennial Award. She holds two MFA’s from Columbia University, one in creative writing, and one in film.
Equally prolific as a filmmaker, Acker has directed ten documentaries, Filmmakers on Film, based on her ground-breaking book in two volumes, Reel Women:Pioneers of the Cinema, The First Hundred Years. When the first edition of Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema was released in 1990, it became the first book on the market to reveal the transformational role that women played in every aspect of the film business since 1896. It was later hailed by critics as ground-breaking in the fields of film and womens’ history, and is now used in universities around the globe.
Acker's 2014 film, Reel Herstory: The REAL Story of Reel Women is the first feature length documentary about pioneering female filmmakers from 1896 to the present. The film is hosted by Jodie Foster. ( reelwomen.com )
She is also the director/writer/producer of The Flowering of the Crone: Leonora Carrington, Another Reality. The film is the first and only feature length documentary to be produced about the renowned Surrealist’s life and work in the United States.
Ms. Acker is a former editorial board member of Poetry Salzburg Review, published by the University of Salzburg, Austria.
Ally Acker is the author of the blog Reel Women Post! (www.reelwomenblog.com).