The following interview of Alice Pero by Lois P. Jones originally aired on KPFK Los Angeles (reproduced with permission).
Biographical Information—Alice Pero
Alice Pero is a poet, flutist and teacher of creative writing. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in13th Moon, The Alembic, North Dakota Quarterly, The Distillery, Lullwater Review, Poet Lore, River Oak Review, The Cape Rock, Fox Cry Review, The Griffin, G.W. Review, Main Street Rag, Quercus Review, Oregon East, The Pikeville Review, Xavier Review, Studio One, Three Mile Harbor, Salonika, San Gabriel Valley Quarterly, Soundings East, Spillway, Sulphur River Literary Review, Word Thursday, Très diverse-city, Albatross, Lummox, Bayou, Carquinez Poetry Review, Cadillac Cicatrix, California Quarterly, Cairn, The Old Red Kimono, and Sanskrit, among others. Alice has taught creative writing on both coasts and was a creative writing workshop leader for the New York City Ballet Education Department’s poetry project for five years, teaching in inner city school of the five boroughs of New York. Alice is a member of the California Poets in the Schools. She is founder of the popular West Coast reading, Moonday.
Kenneth Koch said of her book, Thawed Stars “These are poems with clarity and surprises.” Lyn Lifshin has said, “Alice Pero’s poems are deliciously open, brimming with leaps, twists and surprises, often joyful and fizzy as a fireworks display.”