Darlene Zimbardi

Author. Artist. Advocate.

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  July 1, 2020

I'm excited to share the great news that, The Regional Arts & Cultural Council has awarded me a grant to write and perform the 3rd installment of my, "Reports from the Elder Front" series. This will happen during Fertile Ground 2021.  January 28th - Feb. 7th. I will be reaching out to work with the senior community. .  

Lost in Elder World

2nd Installment of the series:

                      "Reports from the Elder Front"


After finding assisted living for her mother & pooch, a daughter realizes this is

only the beginning of her crash course on elderly advocacy; while soldiering on

she uses humor to not drown in the sadness of elders without advocates.

Ready to do something? Become an Ombudsman  to advocate for seniors.
Desire to make a difference as one goes through the end of life transition? 
You can be trained for Hospice.
Need support? 
Click on CARIE to get assistance.


Center for Advocacy for the Rights 
& Interests of the Elderly
Portland, Oregon COVID 19 support for people 55 & up. 


Loneliness Line
503-200-1633 or 


Heritage 1 - Arranged Marriage 
Migration Stories 

MAC 6/18

Heritage 2 - This Country Doesn't Feel Like Home
Migration Stories

MAC 6/18

Immigration Over Time
My Grandma

Immigrant Story 
Pro Photo Supply 7-8/19


I’m an author and performer. My illness memoir, “If Only George Clooney Were My Doctor,” is an off-beat take on my time on life support.


My influences are Spalding Gray, Bill Maher, Maureen Dowd, Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, David Sedaris and Caitlin Moran among others...humor with a bent to the political along with pop culture nnd music references.

My writing about illness advocacy has been performed as staged readings in New York City. This Spring, my writing on caregiving was in ensemble theater pieces at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, and a community reading at the Profile Theater in Portland. 

I consider myself part of the Narrative Medicine 

Movement. Authors whether they're doctors, patients, or caregivers discover moments of transcendence

 through writing. 


Another passion is

immigration, My father's parents came through Ellis Island. I’ve explored this through my photo/literature work; shown in juried art shows. 


Hypatia In The Woods, a women’s writing residency was kind enough to give me a scholarship. I’m thrilled to be part of the Writer’s Guild Initiative mentorship program. 



Lost In Elder World
Writer's Guild Initiative
Stereo Stories
The Radio Rolled Me
Clark College Phoenix
The Burden of Loss
Oregon Humanities 
My Faux Husband
Footy Almanac - Music
Nowhere Near
Ruminate Magazine
Creative Arts Council


Hypatia In The Woods


For any inquiries, please contact  Darlene Zimbardi

Tel: 917-880-0722  | darlene.zimbardi@gmail.com

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