2021: Philadelphia Voted Lorene Cary Best Local Author!

Lorene Cary

Novelist, essayist and educator Lorene Cary is a born-and-bred Philadelphian and Yeadon-ian who has acted as contributing editor for Newsweek and an associate editor at TV Guide. As a writer, Cary’s contributions include work appearing in The New York Times, Essence and Philadelphia magazine. It is, however, her larger works, built from intimate scale to epic grandeur, that have formed her renown – the likes of 1995’s “The Price of a Child” and its historic tale of the Underground Railroad, 1998’s “Pride.” In 1991, “Black Ice” debuted as an autobiographical read about becoming the first Black female student, then teacher at St. Paul’s School in New England. Cary currently teaches Creative Writing at UPenn, and has been the proud recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching twice!