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Joanne Leedom-Ackerman is a novelist, short story writer, and journalist. Her works of fiction include regional bestseller 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; Snakes: An Anthology of Serpent Tales, The Memorial Collection for Dr. Liu Xiaobo, Fiction and Poetry by Texas Women, the Bicentennial Collection of Texas Short Stories and Beyond Literacy. She was the editor of The Journey of Liu Xiaobo: From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate.

A reporter for The Christian Science Monitor early in her career, Joanne has won awards for her nonfiction and published hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines, including World Literature Today and international commentary in The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, GlobalPost, and others.

Joanne is a Vice President Emeritus of PEN International and the former International Secretary of PEN International and former Chair of PEN’s International Writers in Prison Committee. Past president of PEN Center USA, she has served as a Vice President and board member of PEN American Center, and currently serves on the boards of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, the International Center for Journalists, Words Without Borders, the American Writers Museum, and Refugees International. She is a former board member of Poets and Writers, the International Crisis Group, Save the Children, an emeritus board member of Human Rights Watch, and an emeritus trustee of Johns Hopkins University and Brown University. She is an Advisory Editor of The Hopkins Review and former Chair of the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University Press.

A member of the Advisory Board of the United States Institute of Peace, Joanne was an adviser on the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict. She was also an Advisory Board member of Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and is an Advisory Board member of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 100 Reporters, and the International Center for Research on Women. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Texas Institute of Letters.

Joanne 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 of Arts degrees from Brown University and Johns Hopkins University and graduated with honors from Principia College.

Joanne is married and has two sons.