Lorraine Currelley


Bronx, NY 10466

Author's Bio

Lorraine  Currelley, poet, spoken word artist, Bronx Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2022 State of New York , multi-genre writer, Pearls of Wisdom storyteller, educator, art/literary curator and visual artist. The  executive director for Poets Network & Exchange, a multi- award winning   organization, where she curates and 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. 

Widely anthologized publications include but not limited to From the Ancestors: Poems and Prayers for Future Generations edited by Ron Whitehead, Trancemission Press, Writing the Walls, 2020, Climbing the Walls 2020, DoveTales (Resistance, 2020), Dove Tales ( 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.) Memberships include Poets & Writers, AWP, National Writers Union, Studio Museum in Harlem and Hudson Valley MOCA. Workshopped with playwright and actress Laurie Carlos (deceased), the original woman in blue in For Colored Girls. Jessica Hagedorn,  Mecca Jamilah Sullivan,  Ginnah Howard and Remica L. Bingham among others. She a founding member and the former President of The Harlem Arts Fund.

She has a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling, a BS in Psychology and a Certificate  of Specialization in Thanatology (grief and bereavement). She resides in New York City.

Publications & Prizes

New Rain Volume ll, The 35th Anniversary of Blind Beggar Press Collectors Edition Anthology (Blind Beggar Press, 2012)
Gaptooth Girlfriends The Third Act (Gaptooth Girlfriends The Third Act, 1994)
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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. 


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New York, NY
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New York, NY
New York
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Last update: Apr 15, 2021