Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

Author; Vice President, International PEN

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman is a novelist, short story writer, and journalist.  Her works of fiction include The Dark Path to the River and No Marble Angels.  She has also published fiction, poetry, and essays in anthologies and literary magazines and is editor of the Journal of the Journey of Liu Xiaobo: From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate. A former reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, Ms. Leedom-Ackerman has won awards for her nonfiction and published articles in numerous magazines and periodicals.  An emerita member of the board of directors of Human Rights Watch, Ms. Leedom-Ackerman has also served as chair of its Asia Advisory Committee. She is a Vice President Emeritus of Pen International and was the International Secretary of Pen International and former chair of Pen International's Writers in Prison Committee and past president of PEN Center USA. She has served on the Board of Directors of Pen American Center and currently serves om the Boards of The Pen/Faulkner Foundation, Poets and Writers, THE American Writers Museum and the International Center for Journalists. She is a former member of the International Crisis Group and Save the Children and is on the Chairman’s Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace. She is a Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and Brown University.  Ms. Leedom-Ackerman is married and has two sons.