The Voiceful Eight - An Evening of Literature and Music
In celebration of Women's Month
On March 4 at RCI New York, “Romanian Women Voices in North America” met their audience in-person for the first time at a special event organized in celebration of Women's Month. All featured authors raised their voices in solidarity with war-hit Ukraine and with Ukrainian refugees. The fabulous line-up of the evening included writers Raluca Albu, Cristina A. Bejan, Clara Burghelea, Adina Dabija, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Claudia Serea and Adela Sinclair, along with fusion pianist Mischa Blanos. A big thank you to all participants, to our tireless partner, Bucharest Inside the Beltway, and to all those in attendance!
Refugees are welcomed to Romania in huge numbers every day. Those who would like to help can do it by donating to the fundraiser launched by the Romanian Embassy to the United States and RUF - Romanian United Fund at the following LINK.
Watch the live recording of the event on our Facebook page here:
About the participants:
Raluca Albu was born in Romania and raised in the Bronx. She is a graduate of Bard College and holds an MFA in writing and an MA in teaching from Columbia University. She has held editorial positions at Guernica, BOMB (where she seeks out underrepresented voices and stories), and New York University, where she teaches writing. Her work has been published in the Guardian, The Village Voice, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. Raluca currently serves as the deputy editor of Doctors Without Borders. She is the recipient of the coveted 2020 NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship.
Cristina A. Bejan is an award-winning Romanian-American historian, theatre artist, and poet. She received her Masters and DPhil (PhD) in Modern History from the University of Oxford and her BA in Philosophy (Honors) from Northwestern. A Rhodes and Fulbright scholar, she currently teaches history at Metropolitan State University of Denver. A playwright and spoken word poet (aka Lady Godiva), her creative work has appeared in the US, UK, Romania, and Vanuatu. She has published two books (history and poetry), a play in the anthology "Voices on the Move" (eds. Domnica Radulescu & Roxana Cazan), and more than 60 articles. Cristina runs the arts organization Bucharest Inside the Beltway, our partner for the highly sucessful online series "Romanian Women Voices in North America". She read from her poetry book entilted "Green Horses on the Wall".
Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet with an MFA in Poetry from Adelphi University. Recipient of the Robert Muroff Poetry Award, her poems and translations appeared in Ambit, Waxwing, The Cortland Review, and elsewhere. Her work was included in anthologies such as Where Are You From? (2017), Peacock Journal Anthology: Beauty First (2018), Persian Sugar in English Sugar Anthology. Vol. II (2018), and Omnibus! (2020). Her first book of poetry, entitled The Flavor of the Other, was published in 2020 at Dos Madres Press. Her second poetry collection, Praise the Unburied, was published with Chaffinch Press in 2021. Her poems have been translated into Farsi and French. She is Poetry Co-Editor for The Museum of Americana, a Literary Review and Review Editor of Ezra, An Online Journal of Translation. Clara read from her latest book, "Praise the Unburied".
Adina Dabija is a Romanian-born writer who now lives in New York, where she practices acupuncture and hypnosis. Her first book, „poezia-papusa” ("the poetry - the doll"), was awarded the Bucharest Writers’ Association Guild Prize in 1998. She published „Stare nediferențiată" (Undifferentiated State) in 2010, for which she was awarded the Tomis prize in Constanta, Romania. In 2011 she published Beautybeast (North Shore Press), her first collection of poetry in English, and in 2012, her first novel, „Șaman” (Shaman). Adina is currently working at four books: Songs from my Garden, a poetry collection, Nine Seeds for Life, a practical self-help book which combines narrative medicine from her native Romania with gardening and bio cognition, Rumi’s Field, a novel on the mystical relationship between Rumi, the 12th century Sufi poet, and his companion Shams al Tabriz, and Wise and Wild in America, a book of interviews with exponents of the traditional American values.Adina read from her upcoming novel, "Rumi’s Field".
Mihaela Moscaliuc was born and raised in Romania. She is the author of the poetry collections Cemetery Ink (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021), Immigrant Model (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) and Father Dirt (Alice James Books, 2010), translator of Liliana Ursu’s Clay and Star and Carmelia Leonte’s The Hiss of the Viper, editor of Insane Devotion: On the Writing of Gerald Stern (Trinity U P, 2016), and co-editor of Border Lines: Poems of Migration (Knopf, 2020). She is the recipient of two Glenna Luschei Awards from Prairie Schooner and fellowships from Chateau de Lavigny, VCCA, the MacDowell, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She is graduate program director and associate professor of English at Monmouth University (New Jersey). Mihaela read from her most recent poetry book, "Cemetery Ink".
Claudia Serea’s poems and translations are published in "Field", "New Letters", "Prairie Schooner", "Oxford Poetry", among others. She received the "New Letters" Readers Award and was featured in the documentary "Poetry of Witness" (2015). Her poems have been translated in Russian, French, Italian, Arabic, and Farsi, and have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac. Claudia's most recent book is Writing on the Walls at Night (Unsolicited Press, 2022). Her other collections include Twoxism (8th House Publishing, 2018), a collaboration with Maria Haro; Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, 2016); To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervená Barva Press, 2015); A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, 2013); and Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, 2012). She is a founding editor of National Translation Month - NTM, serves on the editorial board of The Red Wheelbarrow Poets and is one of the curators of the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Readings. Claudia read from her freshly published book, "Writing on the Walls at Night".
Adela Sinclair is a NYFA Grant Winning Romanian-American poet, translator, and teacher. Fluent in English, French, and Romanian, poetry is her primary, though not exclusive, medium. Her forthcoming Chapbook, entitled "La revedere", is being published by Finishing Line Press and will be released in July 2022. Her poetry explores themes of cultural identity, memory, loss, trauma, and desire. Her work appears on The Bridge, published by Brooklyn Poets, and Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project. "On April 26, 1986, Chernobyl Exploded", Adela’s poem is published in the Winter Anthology Healing Felines and Femmes by Other Worldly Women Press. Adela is currently working with an editor on her first full-length poetry collection, The Butcher’s Granddaughter, a lyrical memoir of her childhood in Romania. She holds a BA in French Culture and Civilization from SUNY Albany, with additional coursework at the Sorbonne University of Paris, an MA in Education from Hunter College (NYC), and an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from St. Francis College (Brooklyn).
Attuning between two music worlds, clubbing and concert halls, Mischa Blanos took a sinuous way to art. Trained in classical piano with a long list of classical music awards, he was destined for a successful career in classical music, when he put a heavy brake and left it all for his love of electronic music. The piano never left his mind and fingers though, using it in pure acoustic mixed with morphed live sampling or shifting to the electronic family of keyboards and synths. Mischa has performed in the world’s most famous clubs like Fabric, Rex Club, The Block, Gazgolder and notable festivals like ADE, Caprice or Sunwaves and is recognized for his ability to create a rich techno vibe with classical music hints lurking in the backdrop.