Meet Our Founder and Executive Director Lorraine Currelley
Poet, writer, artist, Pearls of Wisdom storyteller, emotional emancipator and activist. Widely anthologized and recipient of numerous awards. Publications
and honors include, but are not limited to 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 Seniors Partnering with the Arts Citywide Residency, Out of the Binders Scholarships for 2014, 2015, 2016 and Watering Hole Residencies for 2013 and 2014. She was featured adviser in DoveTales “Nature” issue 2015. Poets & Writers Inc. featured her organization Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. in their 2015 Cross Cultural reading and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs featured her in their June 2015 member Spotlight. She was spotlighted by Poets & Writers and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs January/February 2016 issues and on line. In 2016, she was a Mom Egg Review VOX Gallery Curator.
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 age and aging. She’s a biblio and Life coach.
The former president of the Harlem Arts Fund. Pen To Mind Books & Child Development Concepts, Inc., and Blind Beggar Press, Inc. Board member, the Executive Director for the Bronx Book Fair and a Writing for Peace, Inc. Adviser.
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.