Treehouse Poetry Reading, September 12

This week, Vestavia Hills Library continues its Treehouse Poetry Reading series with readings from local poets Ashley M. Jones and Alina Stefanescu on September 12 at 6:00 pm. This event is free, and open to all ages.

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University, and her poems appear in many journals and anthologies. Magic City Gospel, her debut poetry collection book, was published in December 2017 and received a silver medal for poetry in the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Jones currently lives in Birmingham, where she is founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, 2nd Vice President and Membership Chair of the AWC, and a faculty member in the Creative Writing Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Ashley M. Jones (left) and Alina Stefanescu (right).

Alina Stefanescu has a long list of short stories and poetry published in literary magazines and anthologies. She has published her own anthologies and books of short stories, the latest of which, Every Mask I’ve Tried On, was published in May of 2018. Stefanescu is the President of the Alabama State Poetry Society, a Board Member of the Alabama Writer’s Conclave, and an organizer for the Magic City Poetry Festival. 

For more information about the even, call Vestavia Hills Library directly at 205-978-3683 or visit


Gifts of a Wordsmith @ BPL

Earlier this week, on September 4, the Gifts of a Wordsmith Poetry Workshop allowed poets of all skill levels and ages to gather and share their pieces with an option to receive feedback from their peers. This free workshop was held in the Birmingham Public Library from 6:00 until 7:45 PM. The last hour of the workshop was open for feedback and questions that anyone may have. The workshop is led by established writing instructors, and Alina Stefanescu served this year.  She is a prize-winning author best known for her poetry— which makes her more than capable to be leading poetry program.