Biography Thea Halo, Author and Painter
Thea Halo's first career was as a painter. She attended The Cooper
Union School of Art
and Architecture and has shown her paintings in
galleries and museums in New York City, Connecticut and Canada,
including both solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings are in
collections in the U.S. and abroad. Ms Halo also attended City University of New York where she was awarded a fellowship.
In 1992 Ms Halo began to write poetry and short stories, and soon after
commenced the writing of her mother's memoir. She has won numerous
awards for her poetry, and her literary and political essays, including
The James Emanuel Poetry Prize and The Ester Unger Poetry Prize; The
Weinberg Excellence in Writing Award; The Reyne Prize in Creative
Wtiting; The Alice B. Sellers Fund Prize; The Bennett [Political
Science] Essay Prize, and the 2002 AHEPA Homer Award.
In 1996 Ms Halo wrote her own column for a weekly newspaper. Beginning
Ms Halo worked as a news correspondent for public radio
station WBAI in New York City, gathering, writing and reporting the
five to seven minute news stories in the public radio tradition.
In 1990 Ms Halo worked as an announcer in Public Radio and soon began
to produce her own programs for WJFF, a public station in
Jeffersonville, New York. Among the programs Halo produced were a
mini-historical series she created called Did You Know, which she also
narrated, consisting of two to three minute segments, and a concurrent
series of half hour interviews of notable people in the area. After a
short stint as DJ for a commercial station, Ms Halo again turned to
writing, producing, directing, and acting in a number of radio plays
which she adapted from short stories for Public Radio.