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. A former reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, Joanne is a Vice President and former International Secretary of PEN International. She serves on the boards of PEN American Center, Poets and Writers, International Center for Journalists and Johns Hopkins University as well as International Crisis Group and Refugees International. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Joanne lives in Washington, DC.