My heart is heavy with sadness learning of the transitioning of my friend, mother, poet, artist, writer and activist Fay Chiang. While, I’m saddened by her passing, I choose to celebrate a life well lived. Fay and I met in 1978, after I put … Continue reading Poet, Artist and Activist Fay Chiang Transitions 10-19-2017
Honored to curate the Mom Egg Review VOX Gallery January 2016 Issue. Featured Poets and Writers E.J. Antonio, Jill Austen, Fay Chiang, Edward Currelley, Lorraine Currelley, Jacqueline Johnson, Nella Larsen, Carmel Mawle, Christopha Moreland, Kate Rushin, Alicia Anabel Santos , Margie Shaheed and Julia Stein.. Thanks to Marjorie A. Tesser, Founder & Editor in Chief, Mom Egg Review and featured contributors. Please visit and share widely.
On April 1st, 2015 the BxArts Factory hosted its closing reception for their INNUENDOS Art Exhibit. Artists from the Bronx, and community residents joined with the greater New York City and surrounding communities to celebrate. Our host for the evening was the fabulous Yolanda Rodriguez. Ms. Rodriguez’s welcoming smile greeted attendees. Attendees had an opportunity to see the exhibit and share in a wonderful food buffet with assorted wines and beverages. INNUENDOS celebrated with a standing room only audience. Several times additional chairs had to be brought in to accomodate everyone. It was evident the closing reception and event were well planned with care given to each detail.
First on the program was a panel discussion featuring female artists from the exhibition. Artists shared inspiration and insights into their work. This made for an interesting and lively discussion between panelists and audience members.
The panel discussion was followed with a multi-media production featuring Sharon Lee De La Cruz and Rena Anakwe titled A Manifesto Against The War on Mother Nature: Part One. This performance explores the current state of humanity through a digitally rendered narrative utilizing: animation, video, original and sampled compositions and dance.
“A Poetic Narrative Birthed From The Stuff My Mother Gave Me” , was performed by Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. and accompanied by Jazz Saxophonist and poet Sahji. Theirs was a passionate performance and well received by attendees.
Anthony Rosado presented a powerful performance titled “mi mama me dijo to call for Universal Humyn Love in these united states of AmeriKKKa”. This solo presentation is Anthony’s testimony as a queer man of color inherently afflicted by lies embedded in the Pledge of Allegiance. Following obstructed rebellion of the pledge. – BxArts Factory
Anthony says, “I divulge ways my mother taught me forgiving, unconditional love.” He followed his performance with an invitation for audience members to join him in dancing, and we did! What a wonderful and joyous ending!
Thank you, BxArts Factory for an incredible evening of discussion, dance, poetry and spoken word performance and music. INNUENDOS: The Voices of 10 Bronxite Women was produced by BxArts Factory and curated by Yolanda L. Rodriguez and Yelaine Rodriguez. INNUENDOS the book is available for sale on blurb. To learn more about BxArtsFactory http://www.bxartsfactory.org/blog
©Lorraine Currelley 2015. All Rights Reserved.
Congratulations SHIRLEY, Belladonna, Robert, Saretta & Shelagh! The Joint was jumping indeed on March 28, 2015 with CONJUNCTIONS: SHIRLEY & Belladonna!
SHIRLEY and Belladonna collaborated and created an incredible inter-disciplinary reading featuring Lorraine Currelley, executive director Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. poet educators Nzadi Keita and Jacqueline Jones LaMon and FHAK 2.0 Academy founder director Fakhair Spence.
It was my personal honor to share the podium with such a group of distinguished poets educators and activists. Jacqueline Jones LaMon shared passionate poems about her relationship with water and the stimulus for these poems. She read a heart wrenching poem about the Ferguson verdict and on a lighter note her humorous poetic sharing of Shonda Rimes programming. Nzadi Keita’s historical poems chronicling the life of Anna Murray Douglas, wife of abolitionist Frederick Douglas. Fakhair Spence’s presentation on his FHAK 2.0 Academy and community activism.
Shout out to all the great people (attendees) I met! Your kind words had a powerful impact. Thank you.
What you need to know about SHIRLEY and Belladonna.
SHIRLEY is at the intersection of a literary reading and a social movement. We’re at the corner where art meets activism. In our house, poetry shares a room with protest and there’s always a dance party going on. SHIRLEY is one where every ordinary detail is oriented toward the possibility of greater inclusion and awareness. Ideally it’s a space for its founders to question themselves and the various positions from which they create
Belladonna* knows this neighborhood well. Founded in 1999, Belladonna* is a pillar of the literary community, promoting the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language.
Please join me in celebrating the publishing of SHIRLEY Part of the Problem with yours truly Lorraine Currelley, Nzadi Keita, Jacqueline Jones LaMon and Fakhair Spence.
Chaplets are $5 ($6 signed) in stores or at events, $7 ($9 signed) for libraries/institutions.To order SHIRLEY Part of a Problem and other chaplets and books, please make checks payable to Belladonna Series, and mail to 925 Bergen Street; Suite 405; Brooklyn, New York 11238 (please add $2 for postage for the first chaplet, plus 50c for each additional chaplet in a single order. You can also see more information on each book and order online at http://www.BelladonnaSeries.org
©Lorraine Currelley 2015. All Rights Reserved.
On Sunday February 8, 2015 I participated in a very important event, RESPOND: Brooklyn Poets Rally, a poetry reading and exhibit in DUMBO at Smack Mellon Gallery.
Jason Koo, executive director Brooklyn Poets created and organized this powerful event in response to racial injustice. The repeated failure of the United States to protect black citizens from police discrimination and violence. The RESPOND exhibit and RESPOND Rally was created to channel our collective outrage into actions that can facilitate systematic change. Thank you Smack Mellon Gallery for curating RESPOND a powerful exhibit whose images remain with me. Thank you for creating a safe and supportive space for artists, poets and writers to express and release a wealth of thoughts, feelings and emotions. I thank my fellow poets whose words resonated with me and everyone present, all were powerful and uncompromising, speaking needed truth. Special Kudos to our youngest poet Nicholas Howard Jennings 10 years of age who spoke eloquently about Trayvon Martin. My fellow participating poets were Shafina Ahmed , Rosebud Ben-Oni, J. Scott Brownelee, Cynthia Cruz, Natalie Eilbert, Ricardo Thomas Manuel Hernandez, Tyehimba Jess, Jason Koo, Debora Kuan, Rickey Laurentiis, David Tomas Martinez, Joshua Mehigan, D. Nurkse, Joe Pan, Gregory Pardlo, Morgan Parker, Penelope Pelizzon, Jive Poetic, Ramya Ramana, Nicole Sealey, Leigh Stein and Ed Toney. Thank you, Poet Nellar Larsen, Poet/Musician Cynthia Hilts and everyone who came out in support! You can view the RESPOND exhibit at Smack Mellon Gallery in DUMBO, located at 92 Plymouth Street Brooklyn New York until February 22nd, 2015. Galley hours are Wednesday through Sunday 12-6pm.
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Dear Friends, I’d like to introduce my brother Edward D. Currelley. Ed is a playright, visual artist, poet and author and illustrator of children’s books. Ed, has an extensive theater history as a property master, lighting designer, and stage manager. He was the stage manager for Actor and Activist Harry Belafonte. He wrote and had his first play read at The Frank Silvera Writers Workshop at the age of eighteen. He was nominated for an Audelco Award for light design for “Strivers Row.” Here’s Ed to tell you about his Indiegogo campaign for “That Krasbaum Kid.”
My name is Edward Currelley, I’ve been a writer for many years. Because of personal economics it’s always taken a back seat to earning a living. Most recently I had to stop working due to an injury. I’m now following my passion. I’m launching a campaign via Indiegogo to publish a young adult story book “That Krasbaum Kid.”
“That Krasbaum Kid” bridges the gap of understanding and patience between generations within family and community. “That Krasbaum Kid” is the first of many and I hope it will be an inspiration to all. I grew up in a household where looking after your neighbor was something you just did, without reward, treating everyone the way you would like to be treated. The central character in this book, Jacob reminded me of how important standing up for the rights of others and on the front line for social justice and change is. I ask each of you to donate whatever you can to help get “That Krasbaum Kid” published. All donations are appreciated and none are too small.
Thank you, Ed