Lorene Cary is the author of two novels, The Price of A Child, Philadelphia's and Buffalo, New York's One Book, One City choice for 2003, and Pride, and a best-selling memoir, Black Ice. In 1998 Lorene Cary founded Art Sanctuary, a series that brings excellent black artists to speak, perform and give workshops 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 received The Philadelphia Award for civic service, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts Fellowship and honorary doctorates from Colby College in Maine, Keene State College in New Hampshire, and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, the Rev. Robert C. Smith, and daughters Laura and Zoë.