Lorraine Currelley

New York, NY 10466

Author's Bio

Poet/spoken word , writer, pearls of wisdom storyteller, activist, multidisciplinary artist, mental health (emotional emancipator) and grief and bereavement counselor. Executive Director of Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. , a positive, safe, and supportive space for poets and writers at all levels. Poets Network & Exchange produces/curates featured poetry readings, creative writing workshops, panel discussions, open mic, an online blog/magazine and a Scholar Lecture Series. Scholars are invited to lecture and facilitate interactive workshops. Widely anthologized. Publications include but are not limited to Dance of the Running Brush, A Journal of Zuihitsu poetry 2014, Mandela Tributes 2014, PA PoetsArtists #57 2014, DoveTales (Contrast)2014, (Nature)2015,(Family and Identity) 2016, Blind Beggar Press 35th Anniversary Anthology 2012, Shirley Part of the Problem Belladonna Publishers 2015, Sling Magazine 2015, Mom Egg Review, MER VOX Gallery (Curator) 2016 and Gaptooth Girlfriends: The Third Act, An Anthology. Compulsive Reader (book reviewer), Editor of The Currelley Literary Journal. Advisor for Writing for Peace, Board members at Blind Beggar Press, and Pen To Mind Books & Child Development Concepts, Inc. Executive Director Bronx Book Fair(elected 2017). Workshopped with Laurie Carlos, Jessica Hagedorn, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Samantha Thornhill, Tyehimba Jess, Remica L. Bingham, Robert Agard, Roger X, Alexis De Veaux, Yesenia Montilla, and Lita Hooper among others. Former President of The Harlem Arts Fund. I have a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Certificate in Thanatology, grief and bereavement.

Publications and Prizes

New Rain Volume ll, The 35th Anniversary of Blind Beggar Press Collectors Edition Anthology
(Blind Beggar Press, 2012)
Prizes Won: 
Watering Hole Retreat  Scholar 2013 and 2014, Bronx Council for the Arts 2014 S.P.A.R.C. Residency(Seniors Partnering with the Arts Citywide)Residency 2014, Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon Certificate of Appreciation for 2014. The award states, in grateful recognition of your outstanding generosity, dedication, and ongoing service to our community of writers and poets, BinderCon Scholar Awardee for 2014, 2015 and 2016, a New York Public Library Arts for A Lifetime Grant Awardee 2015, AWP Spotlight 2015/2016, Poets & Writers, Inc. Spotlight and Cross Cultural Reading 2015/2016 organization invitation among others.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Apsara by Sokunthary Svay
Stamped From The Beginning by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Drop The Ball by Tiffany Dufu
Fifty-Five, Unemployed And Faking Normal by Elizabeth Diane White
Favorite Books: 
Too many to name
Favorite Authors: 
Ta Nehisi Coates, Edward Currelley, James Baldwin, Radhiyah Ayobami, Sokunthary Svay, Michelle Alexander, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
New York, NY
Raised in: 
New York, NY
Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Last updated: Nov 07, 2017