Alena Graedon graduated from Brown in 2002 and received her MFA in 2007 from Columbia. She worked as the Manager of Literary Awards and Membership at PEN America Center and, when awarded four fellowships at writing residences, left to finish writing The Word Exchange. She is already working on her second novel.
Having worked as the Manager of Literary Awards and Membership at PEN America Center, Alena Graedon is no stranger to the world of communication. Her debut novel,The Word Exchange is a literary thriller and a love story set in a world threatened by the disappearance of language. We caught up with her to hear more about the inspirations for the novel.