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Sinziana Paltineanu



Country of birth: Romania
Lives in: Berlin, Berlin

Working language: English


Sînziana Păltineanu is an experimental fiction writer and historian based in Berlin and working at the crossings of fiction- and history writing, queer feminism and librarianship. As an exophonic writer, Sînziana seeks to craft a deviant use of the English language. The predominant themes of their work have been queer feminism and writing from within and against constructs of nationalism. Sînziana is currently at work on a short story cycle.

Sînziana holds a Ph.D. in the Comparative History of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe from the Central European University. Among other awards and fellowships, Sînziana was a Reese Miller Scholar and Telluride Association Member at Cornell University (Ithaca/USA), a BAYHOST Fellow at the University of Regensburg (DE) and a Fellow for Literature at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart/DE).

6 Questions

What brought you to Berlin? Love? World politics? Or was it a coincidence?

A one-way ticket and a loose plan.

What do you love about Berlin?

Its skin, tentacles and green spots.

What do you miss in Berlin?


What is your favorite spot in Berlin?

I truly enjoy the Neukölln stretches from the canal to the Tempelhofer Feld.

Would you say you are a different person in Berlin? A different translator? And if yes, in what way?

Yes. Being situated in Berlin translates into the languages I speak daily and shapes at times the topics I approach in my writings.

Which existing literary work do you wish you had written?

One of Etel Adnan’s leporellos.


2022 Web Residency, ONB Labs

2017 Residency at Cafe Tissardmine, Morocco

2014-2015 Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany


Publications in german

Publications in original language


stadtsprachen magazin, 2023 poem

Surreal Winter Recordings

Paper View books, 2022 booklet

Disruptions (a collaboration with photographer Allison V. Smith)

7x7 , 2021

dada me into sleep

The POSTDATA Team, “Poetry Standardization and Linked Open Data”, #Confinedverses / Github, 2020

personal infrastructure

stadtsprachen magazin / Berlin, 2020

Elephant Chronicles

Fiktion / Berlin, 2015

The parking lot / Piatra Neamț

Solitude Atlas / Stuttgart, 2015

Locomotion traces

Paper View Books, 2023 booklet

Thunder and lightning. Records of a passing snowstorm on the first Wednesday of the New Year

ONB Labs Artspace, 2022 interactive fiction


Taper #6 / Bad Quarto , 2021 computational poem


The Feminist Library, Care in a Pandemic, Issue 1 / London, 2020

An experimental transcript

Constant vzw / Brussels, 2016

On black and white

Technologie und das Unheimliche / Stuttgart, Budapest, 2015

The woman without a mouth

Makhzin / Beirut, 2015