The London Magazine ‘Calendars’ – An Interview With Andreea Iulia Scridon

I keep a mental and written tally of coincidences – not in the ‘voodoo’ sense, but rather out of the belief that if a phrase, image, or idea reappears in my life in a short period of time, I should watch out for it and pay it special attention. For me at least, there are usually several essential or one titular poem that serves as the eye of the cyclone – these occur naturally, through a burst of inspiration, and I usually build around this structure with more cerebral poems that basically drive my message home. So in short: the concepts.” 

Napkin Poetry Review – “A Magic Made Modern

When encountering Andreea Iulia Scridon’s work, readers time travel between myth and modernity, across worlds of romance and scholarship: from Oxford to Florida, from London to Paris and beyond. A friend of the Napkin and author of three collections, Scridon shares how she balances craft, inspiration, and overall wellbeing: how can we sustain ourselves as body-locked humans and creatives all at once? In prose as ethereal yet grounded as her poetry, she tells us, ‘If the world around is a clump of flour — bouncy, moist, tender — then to create a poem is to put that flour in the oven and taken out as a fragrant, gilded loaf of bread.’”

Fevers of the Mind – “Quick-9 Interview with Andreea-Iulia Scridon

“My growing up between Romania, France, and the US absolutely influenced my writing. From an early age, this continuous change of scenery instilled a sense of atmosphere in me, which I think is essential to my poetry. And a certain flexibility, I like to think. There’s an entire epic autobiography in that. I then spent my school years in Florida and my summers in Romania, which is how A Romanian Poem was born – of that experience, of everything it meant and how I “sensed” it. It always felt like an immersive return to the past, as opposed to America, which I would say enlarged my sense of possibility and therefore made me quite enthusiastic…But Romanian aesthetics and tropes are undoubtedly an important part of my work. And I was very lucky in that my grandmother took me around Europe during these vacations, which enlarged my interests, tastes, and knowledge.”

Orizonturi Culturale Italo-Române – “Andreea Iulia Scridon: „Viața literară din România este foarte vie””

I admire fiction and poetry that reproduce the spirit of certain eras, human types, complex and difficult psychological processes […] For a writer, dealing with the most abstract of arts, the question ‘what inspires you’ is about as intimidating as ‘why do you love me’. But, in short, I always started with color – my childhood was a procession of long afternoons in which I played alone and I perfectly remember the fascination that filled me when I saw the sunset on the balcony, window, wall. And now, when I see a more special shade, I wonder where that color comes from and where it goes. And I must find out.”


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