Meet Our Founder and Executive Director Lorraine Currelley
Poet, writer, artist and storyteller.Widely anthologized and awards recipient. Publications and honors include Mom Egg Review, DoveTales, An International Journal, Belladonna, Blind Beggar Press, and Poets/Artists Magazine. The 2015 Arts for A Lifetime Grant by the New York Public Library, a Bronx Council for the Arts 2014 Su-Casa Residency, and Out of the Binders Scholarships. Featured adviser DoveTales “Nature” 2015 issue. Poets & Writers Inc. featured her organization Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. in their 2015 Cross Cultural reading and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) featured her in their June 2015 member Spotlight. Spotlighted by Poets & Writers and the AWP January/February 2016. In 2016 curated Mom Egg Review VOX Gallery.
A Pen To Mind Books & Child Development Concepts, Inc., board member and Bronx Book Fair executive director.
She has a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, a Certificate in Thanatology (grief and bereavement) and a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She writes in this professional capacity and incorporates her knowledge to advocate for mental health and healthy aging.
Interview: Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
Founding organizations include:
Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. a not-for-profit corporation. A positive, safe and supportive space for poets and writers at all levels. Producing featured poetry readings, poetry and creative writing workshops, a Scholar Lecture Series, literary events, open mic and PN&E Magazine. Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. advocates for reading and literacy.
The Currelley Literary Journal, Editor. Articles, commentaries, reviews and interviews focusing on African American culture, Africa and the African diaspora.
Mental Health Resources & Advocacy, Director. A resource and information blog which addresses domestic and sexual violence, mental health, thanatology (grief and bereavement) and gerontology (age/aging). Providing information and links to resources nationwide and worldwide.