Gabriela Adamesteanu was born in 1942 in Targu Ocna, Romania. She has worked in literary and scientific publishing and has been the editor in chief of the magazine 22 since 1991. She is the president of the Romanian PEN Center. Her awards and honors include a 2002 Hellman Hammett Grant, administered by Human Rights Watch, and the 2004 Ziarul de Iasi National Award for Fiction, and she has also received grants for her translations from the French. She is the author of the novels Intalnirea (Encounter), Dimineata pierduta (Wasted Morning), and Drumul egal al fiecarei zile (The Equal Way of Every Day) and the short-story collections Vara-primavara (Summer-Spring) and Daruieste-ti o zi de vacanta (Give Yourself a Holiday). She presided over the Romanian PEN Center from 2004 to 2006, and served as the editor in chief of 22 from 1991 to 1995.