Akila Gopalakrishnan engages in the Japanese poetic forms of haiku, tanka and haibun written in English. She also writes free verse. She has conducted workshops for these forms of poetry. Her work has found a home in several online and print anthologies and also been presented at TEDx and literature festival readings in Goa, Hyderabad, and at the Sahitya Akademi. She was also a book reviewer for the Narrow Road Magazine and a haibun editor for Triveni Haikai India.