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Radu Vancu [Romania]

Radu Vancu (Sibiu, Romania, 1978) is a Romanian poet, scholar and translator. Between 2019 and 2023 he served as the president of PEN Romania.  He works as a professor at the Faculty of Letters and Arts at the „Lucian Blaga” University from Sibiu. He is editor-in-chief of the Transilvania magazine – and also an editor of the Poesis Internațional magazine. He is the organizer of the International Poetry Festival in Sibiu Poets in Transylvania (2013-ongoing).  He was the national editor of the Romanian section for the Poetry International website. Starting with 2002, he has published nine books of poems, for which he was awarded several prizes, both national and international; his poetry was translated in circa 20 languages, either in anthologies/magazines or as individual books. He has also published a novel, Transparența (2018), and two volumes of a diary (2017, 2021), which were awarded several prizes. He has also published two children novellas and a book collecting his social & political articles. His scholarly publications include two book-length essays on Mihai Eminescu and Mircea Ivănescu, as well as a book on the anti-humanist poetics of modernity. He has coordinated several anthologies of modern and contemporary Romanian poetry, either alone or in collaboration with Mircea Ivănescu, Claudiu Komartin, or Marius Chivu. He has translated novels and poetry, mainly from the works of John Berryman and W.B. Yeats; he is also the translator of the on-going four-volume Ezra Pound edition coordinated by H.-R.  Patapievici.