Anna Filameno was born in Little Italy in The Bronx. She has been acting since she was seven years old. During her late teens she travelled with an Agit Prop theater group, which brought her to many parts of the country. She was with The Players Guild in New York City, Karamu Theater in Cleveland, Ohio and the Apple Street Playhouse in New Orleans.
After a long separation from her roots, she began a personal odyssey that brought her to a revelation that she is deeply rooted in her heritage. From this she began writing about her experience and through these vignettes she has been given new insights into the Italian spirit.
Anna was committed to her belief in the human spirit, her imagination and her love for her own emotional liberation. When she is not acting or writing she spent inspiring afternoons with her granddaughter Sofia Rose.


Aliyah Alexander shares how one can take even the worst circumstances imaginable and turn them into opportunities for spiritual growth and empowerment, how to turn Tragedy Into Transcendence!
Aliyah, a highly adventurous outdoors woman deeply tied to nature, received her diagnosis of MS about ten years before this book was created. Meet Me By The River chronicles Aliyah’s life, her joys and struggles. Read how what began as a battle with illness transformed into opportunities for incredible introspection and spiritual growth, her triumph!

Meet Me By The River offers Hope in the Darkest hour.

In Aliyah’s words… “At my darkest moment I began these writings… Sharing them with you is part of my Journey...
I Hope My Journey Helps You In Yours…"

“As a hospice chaplain, I have heard countless stories… but never have I been so impressed as when I met Aliyah… She knows how to listen to her heart… and has turned tragedy into joy…” - Rev. Terri Daniel