Norene Cashen has worked in media and communications since 1996. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University. Inspired by a Theravada monk who became her mentor and teacher, she began her lifelong mindfulness meditation practice at the Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara in Southfield. She lives in Michigan where she devotes her time to writing and working as a teaching artist and a mental health services manager. She is an advocate for social justice, suicide prevention, and the arts.
Since 2008, Norene has served as a teaching artist with InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit. For two years, she was the coordinator for Citywide Poets, Detroit's youth poetry slam team, which earned the prestigious Coming Up Taller award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Her poems have been published in The Collagist, Exquisite Corpse, markszine.com, Adanna Literary Journal, Temenos, Quill Puddle, Detroit: Stories (MOCAD), Dispatch Detroit, My Vision Your Voice: An Artistic Duet (An exhibition book sponsored by the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Therapeutic and Recreation Program), and the anthology Abandon Automobile (Wayne State University Press). Her first collection of poems, The Reverse Is also True, was published by Doorjamb Press in 2007 and re-released as a Dzanc rEprint Series Ebook in 2013.
Her articles and reviews have appeared in Metro Times (Detroit), Your Flesh Quarterly, Teachers and Writers Magazine, Times Herald /Gannett (Port Huron), Orbit,The Orlando Weekly, New Times (Kansas City), The Rocket, Rockrgrl Magazine, and C-Magazine (College for Creative Studies). She was a contributor to Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (G. Schirmer Inc). Her essay "What Color Is in Between?" was included in the anthology, To Light a Fire (Wayne State University Press) in 2015. She has been a featured guest blogger at Second Wave Media Metromode Detroit and the Skillman Foundation's Knowledge Center.