Radu Vancu

Radu Vancu (c) Rares Helici

Radu Vancu, born in Sibiu, Romania, in 1978, president of the Romanian PEN Club since 2019, is a Romanian poet, literary scholar and translator. He is an associate Professor in the Faculty for Literature and Art at the Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, works for the cultural journals “Transilvania” (as editor-in-chief) and “Poesis International” (as editorial member) and is in charge of the Romanian section of the website of Poetry International. Since 2002 he has published seven poetry collections, a novel for children and a diary, which have brought him several awards in Romania and internationally. He had edited several anthologies of Modernist and contemporary Romanian poetry (including with Mircea Ivănescu, Claudiu Komartin and Marius Chivu). His work as a literary scholar included volumes of essays on Mihai Eminescu and Mircea Ivănescu and a study of the anti-humanist poetry of Modernism. He has translated novels and poetry into Romanian, mostly by John Berryman and W.B. Yeats, and is currently working on translating the four-volume edition of Ezra Pound edited by Horia-Roman Patapievici. He is a co-organiser of the international poetry festival “Poets in Transylvania” which takes place in Sibiu.

Publications:
Psalmi (Psalms). Max Blecher, 2019.
4 A.M. Cantosuri domestice (4 A.M. Domestic Cantos). Max Blecher, 2015.
Frânghia înflorită (The Rope in Blossom). Max Blecher, 2012.
Amintiri pentru tatăl meu (Memories for my Father). Vinea, 2010.
Sebastian în vis (Sebastian in Dream). Tracus Arte, 2010.
Monstrul fericit (The Happy Monster). Cartier, 2009.
Biographia litteraria. Imago, 2006.
Epistole pentru Camelia (Epistles for Camelia). Imago, 2002.

Awards:
2011: Prize of the Romanian Writers’ Union (Sibiu)
2010: Prize of the Journal “Observator Cultural”
2010: Prize of the National Poetry Congress

Festival Content

LANGUAGE ARCHIPELAGO III

Minorities, languages and representations in Romania

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Together with Radu Vancu, Claudiu Komartin and Teodora Coman, Romanian poets who are also citizen activists prominent for their political writing, the Romanian-German writer Ernest Wichner looks into the question of the state of minority languages (including Ukrainian, Hungarian, Romani and Russian) in Romania before and after 1990 in view of the conservative nationalist tendencies in politics and society.

Radu VancuClaudiu KomartinTeodora ComanErnest Wichner