Author • Journalist • Keynote Speaker

Martha Ackmann tells the true stories of remarkable women who let nothing stop them. Her books honor strong women who came before us, offer role models for ambition and courage, and inspire new generations of Americans to hold on to their dreams.

Photo Credit: Tony Rinaldo
Photo Credit: Tony Rinaldo

About Martha

Martha Ackmann is a journalist and author who writes about women who have changed America.  Her essays and columns have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. She also is a frequent commentator for New England Public Radio, and has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and the BBC.

Forthcoming Book on Emily Dickinson

Vesuvius at Home: Ten Days in the Life, Loves and Mystery of Emily Dickinson takes the reader inside ten pivotal days that changed the poet’s life. Each day portrays Emily Dickinson at a different point in her extraordinary life—from a 14 year-old girl sitting down to her desk and declaring “all things are ready” to a mature woman with nearly 2,000 breathtaking poems behind her. Based on years of research, Vesuvius at Home offers a new way for thinking about Emily Dickinson and a dazzling new portrait of an American woman determined to “dwell in possibility.” An engaging, revealing, and accessible read, Vesuvius at Home is the most intimate biography yet of America’s preeminent poetic genius. Forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Co. in 2019.

Martha Ackmann is featured in a new Emily Dickinson documentary starring Cynthia Nixon. Learn more

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Uzo Aduba in Toni Stone Spring 2019

Starring Uzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black, this new American play captures the passion and struggle of baseball’s female Jackie Robinson. Written by playwright Lydia Diamond and directed by Tony-award winning director Pam MacKinnon, Toni Stone shows how far talent, pride, and determination can take one woman in pursuit of a dream. Based on the book Curveball by Martha Ackmann, Toni Stone is a production of Roundabout Theater in New York.

Mercury 13 Mini Series in Development with Amazon

In development as an Amazon event mini-series, The Mercury 13 depicts the intensity and drama of thirteen women who tested to become America’s first women astronauts. When the women scored too well, NASA scrapped the program. Based on a book by Martha Ackmann, The Mercury 13 presents the true story of hot-shot women pilots who put their careers, marriages, and lives on the line for a single shot at space. Written by Liz Hannah and produced by Bradley Whitford and the creative team behind the motion picture The Post--The Mercury 13 shows that for American women the sky is not the limit.

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