Joanne Leedom-Ackerman


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 and essays in books and anthologies, including Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement, Remembering Arthur Miller, Electric Grace etc.

A former reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, Ms. Leedom-Ackerman has won awards for her nonfiction and has published hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines. She has taught writing at New York University, City University of New York, Occidental College and the University of California at Los Angeles extension. She holds master’s degrees from Brown University and Johns Hopkins University and graduated cum laude from Principia College.

Ms. Leedom-Ackerman is a vice president of International PEN and the former International Secretary of International PEN and former Chair of International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee. She serves on the Boards of PEN American Center, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is past president of PEN Center U.S.A. She is on the Board of the International Crisis Group, Poets and Writers, the International Center for Journalists, and Human Rights Watch, where she served as Chair of the Asia Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University and a Trustee Emeritus of Brown University. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Save the Children and serves on Save the Children’s Advisory Board on Early Childhood Development.

A member of the Advisory Board of the United States Institute of Peace, Ms. Leedom-Ackerman was an adviser on the PBS documentary “A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict”.