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Lorene Cary

Senior Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Lorene Cary writes about affecting issues—race, the lives of women, education, growing up—in fiction and nonfiction forms. She is the author of If Sons, Then Heirs, a ove story rooted in Southern land and lynching (Washington Square Press, 2011); Pride, the story of four African American women friends (1998); The Price of a Child (1995), a One Book One Philadelphia featured novel about the Underground Railroad; and Black Ice (1991), a memoir of her experiences as a black female student, teacher, then board member at St. Paul's School in New England. She also wrote scripts for videos at “The President’s House” exhibit on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. TV Guide, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Essence, and O Magazine. She received an M.A and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. from Sussex University in Falmer, England. She is currently a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a guest lecturer at colleges nationwide. In 1998 Cary founded Art Sanctuary to enrich urban Philadelphia with the excellence of black arts, and stepped down to create an intentional transition in 2012. She served as a member of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission from 2011–2013. Cary’s honors include Penn’s Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching, The Philadelphia Award, and six honorary doctorates.


PANEL: Making It Up: Creative Writing, Literary Study, and Digital Technologies
TITLE: A round table conversation with Lorene Cary, Jim English, Al Filreis, and Mark McGurl
TIME: Saturday, September 13, 4:30 – 6:00pm