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Karren LaLonde Alenier

Poet, Librettist, Literary Leader

Karren LaLonde Alenier is editor of From the Belly: Poets Respond to  Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons and author of eight collections of poetry. Looking for Divine Transportation was 2002 winner of the Towson University Prize for literature. The Anima of Paul Bowles was 2016 top staff pick at Boston’s Grolier Books. Her eighth collection how we hold on launched spring 2021. She also authored The Steiny Road to Operadom: The Making of American Operas, a book that includes her essays and  opera reviews first published in Scene4 Magazine.


Her opera with William Banfield, Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On premiered 2005 by Encompass New Opera Theater under direction of Nancy Rhodes. It was favorably reviewed by Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times. She is currently working with composer Janet Peachey and dramaturg Nancy Rhodes on What Price Paradise, the turbulent love story of Jane and Paul Bowles.


She promotes Other People’s Poetry with publication and public programs through The Word Works.

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