Alina Stefanescu

Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and now serves as co-director of PEN Birmingham. Her debut fiction collection, Every Mask I Tried On (2018), won the Brighthorse Prize. She won the 2019 River Heron Poetry Prize and still can’t believe any of this is real.

  • A polished steel ball held in a hand reflects a long table with colored plates on it
    Alina Stefanescu
    Photo by Krisztian Matyas / Unsplash “Awl” is from a series titled “Words I Did Not Understand.” Through memory—“the first screen of nostalgia”—and language, a writer pieces together her s...

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