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Fiction Writer, Poet
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman is a novelist, short story writer and journalist whose works of fiction include No Marble Angels and The Dark Path to the River. She has published stories, essays and articles in books, magazines, and newspapers. She is a Vice President of PEN International and the former International Secretary of PEN International and served as Chair of PEN International Writers in Prison Committee and President of PEN USA. She serves on the boards of Poets and Writers, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, the International Center for Journalists, Words Without Borders, the International Crisis Group, and Refugees International, and she has served on the boards of PEN American Center, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University and Save the Children. A former reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, she has covered national and international issues and won awards for her writing. She has taught writing at New York University, City University of New York, Occidental College and UCLA Extension.
I have a major in creative writing and plan to complete a MFA program in poetry. I interned two years under Dr. Jimmy Santiago Baca, which included performing poetry readings at several national conferences, book fairs, poetry festivals, universities, and conducting writing workshops at High schools and prisons. After two years of instruction, he submitted my first poetry manuscript to Dr. Miguel Algarin, Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, and founder of the renowned Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City. The Nuyorican Press published my first book, Heart River Undertow, June, 2008. The introduction is written by Dr. Baca, and the after word by Dr. Algarin. My poetry is about social justice, prejudice, and self-actualization. My next book is a long poem about fear.