Ellen Akins is an American novelist from South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from LaSalle High School in 1977, earning a BA in film production at the University of Southern California before working with Sydney Pollack. After losing interest in the film business, Akins enrolled in the creative writing program at Johns Hopkins University. In April 1993 she was awarded the Academy Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her fiction writing; she has also been given grants by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and won the Whiting Award in 1989.
Akins is the author of five books; the novels Home Movie, published in 1988 by Simon & Schuster, Little Woman, published in 1990 by Harper & Row, Public Life, published in 1993 by HarperCollins, and Hometown Brew, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1998, and the short story collection "World Like a Knife", published in 1991 by The Johns Hopkins University Press. As well as writing, Akins has also taught at Western Michigan University, Northland College, and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
- Home Movie. Simon & Schuster. 1988. ISBN 978-0-67166-135-9.
- Little Woman. Harpercollins. 1990. ISBN 978-0-06016-362-4.
- World Like a Knife. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1991. ISBN 978-0-80184-288-7.
- Public Life. Harpercollins. 1993. ISBN 978-0-06016-753-0.
- Hometown Brew. Knopf. 1998. ISBN 978-0-67944-795-5.
- "Something You Won't Understand". The Southern Review (LSU Press). Winter. 1985.
- "Nobody's Baby". The Southern Review (LSU Press). Autumn. 1991.
- "A Modest Appetite". Perigree: Publication for the Arts. 2009. Archived from the original on 3 September 2015.
- "Her Delivery". Serving House Journal (2). Fall 2010.
- Hughes, Andrew S. (August 27, 1998). "Hometown Brewed: South Bend native and author Ellen Akins has built a critical reputation book by book". South Bend Tribune.
- Gillespie, Mary (23 May 1993). "Intense, Urgent Novel Skewers Politics". Chicago Sun-Times.
- McDowell, Edwin (27 October 1989). "10 Get Awards for Writers". The New York Times.
- Prose, Francine (20 November 1988). "California Dreams and Obsessions". The Washington Post.
- Winders, Glenda (July 22, 1990). "Complicated characters mar `Little Woman'". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
- "Ellen Akins". Cheqtel Communications.