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.


USHMM Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos Vol. 3 (contributing author)

C. A. Bejan book cover.jpg

Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania

The Criterion Association


Green Horses on the Walls

 poetry collection




September 18 - Feature poet at Elena Secota’s LA open mic

October 3 - Children's book reading with 

American Romanian Cultural Society and Cu Alte Cuvânte

October 4 - Book Launch Facebook Livestream with 
Cărturești, alongside 

Camelia Maria Craciun and Rucsandra Pop

October 6 - Presenting creative work to kick off 

Romanian Cultural Institute in New York / ICR New York


Bucharest Inside the Beltway’s

literary series celebrating Romanian-American women voices

Bucharest Inside the Beltway's DENVER LAUNCH

POSTPONED new date TBD (October 2020 or later)

FINDING HOME - Romanian and American Women Playwright Showcase

Featuring the work of Domnica Radulescu, Saviana Stanescu,

Catalina Florina Florescu, Jacqueline Brown, Jessica Bylander & Amanda Andrei


For all inquiries, please contact Cristina A. Bejan:


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@2019 Cristina A. Bejan

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