Green Horses on the Walls
[Cai verzi pe pereți]
poetry collection from Finishing Line Press
“Nothing prepared me for island life,” Cristina A. Bejan notes in a memorable poem of exile. The island of poetry has always been with her, a physical and spiritual island composed of people she loves or not, the dailiness of a lived and detailed life in her country of origin, the languages that express them. These poems infuse the English language with the pleasures of a world I loved surrendering to. She is a poet through and through, born that way, and generously ours now.
Andrei Codrescu, author of No Time like Now: New Poems (Pitt Poetry Series, 2019)
CRISTINA A. BEJAN is a Romanian-American historian, theatre artist and spoken word poet based in Denver, Colorado. She grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and received her BA in philosophy from Northwestern University, where she also studied theatre. An Oxford DPhil and a Rhodes and Fulbright scholar, she has held fellowships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Georgetown University, and the Woodrow Wilson Center, and has taught history at Georgetown and Duke Universities, among others. She currently teaches world history at Metropolitan State University of Denver. A playwright, Bejan has written eighteen plays, many of which have been produced in the United States, Romania, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu. She is founding executive director of the arts and culture collective Bucharest Inside the Beltway. Under the stage name “Lady Godiva,” she performs her poetry across the United States and Romania. She has written Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania: The Criterion Association (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and Green Horses on the Walls (Finishing Line Press, 2020) and is also a contributing author for The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos Vol. 3 (University of Indiana, 2018). She has appeared on C-SPAN, and her work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, American Prospect, Evenimentul Zilei and Observator Cultural. Bejan is on the Advisory Board of Alianța and is an advocate for NAMI and RAINN. In Denver she serves as the Social Justice Director for Fearless Theatre and is on the Board of Colorado's Romanian philanthropy organization: RAFA - the Romanian-American Freedom Alliance. Bejan also serves as cultural editor for Hora in America magazine. She is a member of the International Center for Women Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild of America.
IN THE PRESS
Bucharest Inside the Beltway (led by Executive Director Cristina A. Bejan)
has partnered with the Romanian Cultural Institute of New York (RCINY)
to produce the weekly literary series
"Romanian Women Voices of North America"
Please join us each Tuesday at 2pm EDT on Facebook Live
And if you miss the live? Visit RCINY Youtube!
Here is our exciting program of literary greats of the Romanian diaspora:
October 6 - Cristina Bejan, Alta Ifland
October 13 - Mihaela Moscaliuc, Domnica Rădulescu
October 20 - Carmen Bugan, Alina Cumpan
October 27 - Claudia Serea, Diana Manole
November 3 - Clara Burghelea, Roxana Cazan
November 10 - Anca Mizumschi, Adela Sinclair
November 17 - Alina Ștefănescu, Lucia Cherciu
November 24 - Amanda O’Connor, Andeea Scridon
BiB is grateful for this unique opportunity and artistic collaboration!
Tune in for the literary goodness!
Further details on BiB and RCINY social media!