Lorraine Currelley

Poet

876 East 225 Street Apt 3A
Bronx, NY 10466
Phone: 
718-547-6256

Author's Bio

Lorraine  Currelley is a poet, spoken word artist and multi-genre writer, Pearls of Wisdom storyteller, educator, art/literary curator and visual artist. She's the Executive Director for Poets Network & Exchange  where she curates/produces featured poetry/spoken word readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, an open mic, a blog and a scholar lecture series.  In 2017 she made herstory becoming the first female Executive Director for the Bronx Book Fair, the premiere and largest literary event in the Bronx.. She's widely anthologized and an award recipient. Publications include but are not limited to DoveTales ( Empathy in Art: Embracing the other) 2018, DoveTales ( Refugees and the Displaced) 2017, DoveTales (Family & Cultural Identity) 2016, Mandela Tributes 2014, PA PoetsArtists #57 2014, Blind Beggar Press 35th Anniversary Anthology, Shirley Part of the Problem Belladonna Publishers, Sling Magazine, Mom Egg Review, MER VOX Gallery (Curator) and Gaptooth Girlfriends: The Third Act, An Anthology. Compulsive Reader (book reviewer 2016 to present), Amazon (book reviewer 2016-present). Memberships include Poets & Writers, AWP, the National Writers Union, Studio Museum in Harlem and Hudson Valley MOCA. Workshopped with playwright and actress Laurie Carlos, the original woman in blue in For Colored Girls. Jessica Hagedorn,  Tyehimba Jess, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan,  Ginnah Howard, Remica L. Bingham, Robert Agard, Roger X and Alexis De Veaux among others.   She's the former President of The Harlem Arts Fund. She has a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Certificate  of Specialization in Thanatology (grief and bereavement). She resides in New York City.

Publications & Prizes

Anthology:
New Rain Volume ll, The 35th Anniversary of Blind Beggar Press Collectors Edition Anthology (Blind Beggar Press, 2012)
Book:
Gaptooth Girlfriends The Third Act (Gaptooth Girlfriends The Third Act, 1994)
Journal:
DoveTales
Prizes won: 

Awards and acknowledgements include but are not limited to: Bronx Council for the Arts, Arts Fund Grant 2020 and Bronx Council for the Arts Community Arts Grant 2020. Bronx, New York Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2022.Bronx Council for The Arts Community Artist Grant 2018 & 2019, Bronx Council for The Arts Su-Casa  formerly  S.P.A.R.C., Seniors Partnering with the Arts Citywide Residency 2014, BinderCon Scholar Awardee 2014/2016,  New York Public Library Arts for A Lifetime Awardee 2015, AWP Spotlight 2015/2016, Poets & Writers, Inc. Spotlight and Cross Cultural Reading 2015/2016 organization invitation  among others. 

 

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
African American, Black
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
New York, NY
New York
Raised in: 
New York, NY
New York
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Last update: Aug 23, 2020