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  Name:   Lorene Cary
Month: December 2002
Schools: University of Pennsylvania BA & MA
Organization: University of Pennsylvania/Art Sanctuary
Title: Writer, Senior Lecturer/Founder and Acting Director

Lorene Cary's is the author of three books, The Price of A Child, an underground railroad novel, Philadelphia's One Book, One Philadelphia choice for 2003, Pride (1998) a contemporary novel, and Black Ice, a memoir.

Lorene Cary received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. She won a Thouron Fellowship for British-U.S. student exchange and studied at Sussex University. She has received Doctorates in Humane Letters from Colby College in Maine, Keene State College in New Hampshire, and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

In 1998 Lorene Cary founded ART SANCTUARY, a non-profit lecture and performance series that brings black thinkers and artists to speak and perform at the Church of the Advocate, a National Historic Landmark Building in North Philadelphia.

Currently a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a 1998 recipient of the Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Cary has lectured throughout the U.S. She has written and edited at Time, TV Guide, Newsweek and other national magazines.

In 2002, Cary received the Women's Way Agent of Change Award; in 2001 the Advocate Community Development Corporation's Award for Urban Excellence; in 2000, a Philadelphia Historical Society Founder's Medal for History in Culture; in 1999, the American Red Cross Spectrum Rising Star Award for community service; in 1996, the Shirley Chisolm Award in the Humanities from the Philadelphia Congress of the National Congress of Black Women; and in 1995, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts Fellowship. She serves on the usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary and the Union Benevolent Association board. Cary is a member of PEN and the Author's Guild. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, the Rev. Robert C. Smith, and daughters Laura and Zoë.

Visit www.artsanctuary.org for more information on her org, mail Lorene Cary at Art Sanctuary, 1801 West Diamond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121

 

 

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