Join us on March 12 at 2pm for an intimate reading with authors Alina Ștefănescu, Alta Ifland and Otilia Baraboi.

Author Alta Ifland will be reading from her novel Speaking to No. 4, Alina Ștefănescu will share fragments from her work in progress on Carmen Bugan's memoir, Burying the Typewriter, and Otilia Baraboi will read from her manuscript titled An Updated Theory on Untranslatability. We look forward for a special afternoon that brings these three American Romanian writers together: Alina Ștefănescu from Birmingham, Alabama, Alta Ifland from San Francisco, California and Otilia Baraboi from Seattle, Washington.

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March 12 @2pm

MLK Fame Community Center

3201 E Republican St, Ste 104

Seattle, WA 98112


Alina Ștefănescu

Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her partner and several intense mammals. Recent books include a creative nonfiction chapbook, Ribald (Bull City Press Inch Series, Nov. 2020) and Dor, which won the Wandering Aengus Press Prize (September, 2021). Her debut fiction collection, Every Mask I Tried On, won the Brighthorse Books Prize (April 2018). Alina's poems, essays, and fiction can be found in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, World Literature Today, Pleiades, Poetry, BOMB, Crab Creek Review, and others. She serves as poetry editor for several journals, reviewer and critic for others, and Co-Director of PEN America's Birmingham Chapter. She is currently working on a novel-like creature. More online at

Alta Ifland

Alta Ifland was born and grew up in Communist Romania. She came to the US as a political refugee in 1991 and, after a PhD in French language and literature, she taught for a brief period in academia, then worked as a book reviewer, a writer in her third language (English) and an occasional literary translator from/into Romanian, French and English. She is the author of two collections of prose poems (Voix de glace/Voice of ice, bilingual, self-translated from French, 2008 Louis Guillaume Prize—a French prize awarded for the best collection of prose poems; and The Snail’s Song) and two books of short stories (Elegy for a Fabulous World, 2010 finalist, Northern California Book Award, and Death-in-a-Box, 2010 Subito Press Fiction Prize). Ifland’s novels, The Wife Who Wasn’t—a satirical comedy about Moldovans versus Californians in a post-Communist world--and Speaking to No. 4--a psychological mystery that takes place in France and Japan--were released in 2021 and 2022, respectively.


Otilia Baraboi, Ph.D.

Before coming to Seattle in 2000 from Romania, Otilia worked as a literary journalist and published short-fiction, translations and articles. She holds university degrees in French and English literatures from Romania, Switzerland, and the US. She has a Ph.D. on the politics of translation from the University of Washington, where she taught French language and literature for 17 years, and where she is currently co-teaching a course on Romanian literature and film. In 2013, she co-founded ARCS and was President of the Board for five years before becoming ARCS’ first Executive Director. For Otilia, ARCS has been a wonderful opportunity to remain connected with the vibrant culture of her birthplace, while contributing to the artistic and cultural vitality of the Pacific Northwest. As part of her work, Otilia has been managing the Romanian Film Festival in Seattle and ARCS community-based school for Romanian heritage students, as well as more than 300 cultural and educational events over the past 9 years. Her priorities are to create sustainable, community-building programs and partnerships, as well as develop ARCS' brand identity in accordance with its mission and values. Most of all, Otilia hopes that her work will have a direct, long-lasting impact on the ways in which future generations will define, celebrate and pass on their heritage. Otilia is also the President of the Ethnic Heritage Council of the Pacific Northwest and a board member of Romanian United Fund.