Grace Birnstengel

Grace Birnstengel, writer at Next Avenue in a black shirt and pink background.

Grace Birnstengel is a reporter, writer and editor for Next Avenue. She recently concluded an in-depth series on America's first generation aging with HIV/AIDS.

Grace has a vested interest in covering aging from diverse perspectives — how the intersections of our identities affect how we navigate growing older.

She joined Next Avenue in September 2017 after years of experience covering music. Her work has appeared in Twin Cities Pride Magazine, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis–St. Paul’s alt-weekly City Pages, The Riveter Magazine,, 89.3 The Current, VICE’s Live Nation TV and more.

Grace holds a bachelor of arts in journalism and gender, women and sexuality studies from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities with an emphasis in magazine writing and editing.

She lives in Minneapolis and works in St. Paul. (She has no allegiance to either Twin City.) She enjoys seeing live music, thrift shopping and going country dancing.

Reach her by email at [email protected].

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