Local Writers Join Together for Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Pink LemonAid Dzvinia Orlowsky, photo by Jay Hoffman cover
Pink LemonAid Dzvinia Orlowsky, photo by Jay Hoffman cover

Pink LemonAid Offers Breast Cancer-Inspired Stories, Poetry and Art

McGRATHPR.com – In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, local writers Dzvinia Orlowsky and Elaine Sorrentino present When life hands you lemons…Pink LemonAid: Breast Cancer-Inspired Stories, Poetry and Art on Saturday, October 26, from 2 to 4 pm at Ventress Memorial Library, 1837 Ocean Street, in Marshfield.  This awareness event is free and open to the public.

Both breast cancer survivors, Orlowsky and Sorrentino discovered that creating art out of their experience aided in their healing process.  Orlowsky’s fourth poetry collection, Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones, co-recipient of a Sheila Motton Book Award,explores her journey through breast cancer, treatment and survivorship.  Her poem titled “Nude Descending” from this collection earned her a Pushcart Prize in 2007. 

Writer Dzvinia Orlowsky, photo by Jay Hoffman

A Marshfield resident, Orlowsky is a Writer-in-Residence for the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program of Creative Writing at Pine Manor College and a guest lecturer in creative writing at Providence College. Dzvinia’s most recent poetry collection, Bad Harvest, published by Carnegie Mellon University Press was recently named a 2019 Massachusetts Book Awards “Must Read” in poetry.

Newer to the creative writing scene, Sorrentino of Pembroke is Communications Director at South Shore Conservatory, and facilitator of the Duxbury Poetry Circle.  Her poetry has been published in Minerva RisingWillawaw Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Writers’ MagazineThe Writers NewsletterHaiku Universe, Failed Haiku, and has won monthly Wilda Morris poetry challenges at wildamorris.blogspot.com.  Her non-fiction piece, “It’s All About Attitude,” took grand prize in the 2014 Write a DearReader Contest

In-state writers, musicians and visual artists whose art is featured in Pink LemonAid include Sheila Lynch- Benttinen of Duxbury, Eve Montague of Pembroke, and Kathleen Aguero of Salem.  Out-of-state writers include Wilda Morris and Caroline Johnson of Illinois, Beth Richards of Connecticut, Jacquelyn Grant Brown of Louisiana, and Jeff Friedman of New Hampshire.

Survivors and supporters, who have created art from their experience with breast cancer, are invited to come and share their art during Pink LemonAid in the Ventress Library’s Program Room.  For more information, contact Elaine Sorrentino at 617-653-6761.

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