Laura Baudo Sillerman
Laura Baudo Sillerman is a writer active in many cultural and educational organizations. She is Chairman of the Education Committee of The American Museum of Natural History, where she also serves on the Board and the task force for the Twenty-First Century Campaign. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Harlem Academy and a member of the advisory boards of Stony Brook University’s Southampton Campus, The Southampton Writers Conference, and The Southampton Review, as well as the Poetry Society of America. Along with her husband, Robert F.X. Sillerman, she is a founder of The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University, where she serves as consultant to the Center. She is a co-founder of The African Poetry Fund and Series with Kwame Dawes and the underwriter of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She is also a founding Board member and the poetry editor of Women’s Voices for Change. She has served as a trustee of Marietta College and on numerous advisory boards and ad hoc committees of that institution. She was a member of the advisory committee for the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y for a decade and a judge of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications in print and online. She joined the PEN America Board in 2014.