PaulaK_600x450Paula M. Kimper (Composer, Conductor) is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. She has been active in New York City for over 35 years as a composer of opera, theater, dance, film and song. Her operas include PATIENCE AND SARAH (1998), THE CAPTIVATION OF EUNICE WILLIAMS (2004), THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY, based on Thornton Wilder’s novel (2007), and TRUTH, AN AMERICAN OPERA ABOUT SOJOURNER TRUTH (2012). The chamber version of TRUTH was performed by Paula Kimper Ensemble in the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, and in 2014 at Riverside Theatre inside Historic Riverside Church. Kimper has received many commissions from established American musical institutions, including Downtown Music Productions, The Walt Whitman Project, American Opera Projects, Opera America, and others. She was one the first cohort of the Columbia University Community Scholar Program and is currently director of the Executive Committee of the New York Opera Alliance (NYOA). The Loeb Music Library of Harvard University recently acquired her complete catalog of scores.

wendepersonsWende Persons (Librettist) is  a writer and a marketing consultant specializing in new media outreach for classical music. Her clients include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the leading online classical music retailer, American Public Media’s NEA-funded Classical Music Initiative, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and she co-produced the debut CDs and website for Rob Kapilow’s “What Makes It Great?” series for Artemis Records/Vanguard Classics. Previously, she worked in different capacities for such organizations as WQXR, Universal Classics Group, Deutsche Grammophon, and the Eastman School of Music. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Marketing for the Performing Arts at NYU’s Steinhardt School.


Isabel Miller (real name Alma Routsong; 1924-1998) was an American novelist. After moving to New York City in the 1960s, she became an activist. She was an officer in the New York chapter of Daughters of Bilitis – the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the United States – and she was arrested during a DOB police raid. Routsong became well known for her novels involving lesbian themes and after publishing her first two books under her real name, she used the pen name of Isabel Miller, which is a combination of the anagram “Lesbia” and her mother’s maiden name. Patience & Sarah was the first recipient of the Stonewall Book Award. Founded in 1971, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table created the award to celebrate books of exceptional merit that relate to LGBT issues.

1975 Interview with Alma Routsong