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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 in 1997,

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.