Karren LaLonde Alenier
Poet, Librettist, Literary Leader
Karren LaLonde Alenier is author of seven 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 launches spring 2021. She also authored The Steiny Road to Operadom: The Making of American Operas, a book about contemporary opera that includes her essays and contemporary opera reviews first published in Scene4 Magazine.
Her opera with William (Bill) Banfield, Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On premiered June 15-18, 2005 by Encompass New Opera Theater under direction of Nancy Rhodes. There were five performances at Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space. 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.