Alice Pero

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I was born in New York City, the child of an electrical engineer and a housewife/editor. I graduated from Putney School in Vermont and The Manhattan School of Music in New York City. I received dance training at the Martha Graham School in New York and from many private teachers and I studied flute with Harold Bennett. I discovered poetry after studying rhythm with the music educator, Jamie Faunt,and doing some courses in the applied religious philosophy, Scientology, and have been writing poetry seriously for 32 years. I have done many featured readings in New York and Los Angeles and have been widely published in small magazines and on the web. My first book of poetry, Thawed Stars, was published in 1999 and was praised by Kenneth Koch as having "clarity and surprises." I am a member of the California Poets in the Schools, and I was a workshop leader for the New York City Ballet Education Department Poetry Project for many years. I have also done over 20 dialogues with other poets.

Returning to flute playing in 2006, I have been concertizing, including giving a house concert benefit for the LA Philharmonic, a recital at the Mid-Week Recital Series at the First Methodist Church of Santa Monica, several solo performances with the California Theatrical Youth Ballet, the Beverly Hills Chamber Music Festival, Celebrity Centre in Hollywood and many private concerts. I have been a student of David Shostac and Susan Greenberg, and continue private studies with Paul Fried in Sylmar, California.

In 2002 I created a reading series in Los Angeles called “Moonday,” which continues its successful run at The Little Theater in West Los Angeles.

Last updated: February 18, 2014