Carmen Bugan was born in 1970 in Romania and has since lived in the US, Ireland, England, and France. She is the author of three collections of poems: Crossing the Carpathians (Oxford Poets/Carcanet), The House of Straw (Shearsman), and Releasing the Porcelain Birds (Shearsman); as well as the memoir Burying the Typewriter and the critical study Séamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile. Her bilingual edition of poetry and selected prose was published with Edizioni Kolibris in Italy, and it is called On the Side of Forgetting/ Sulla Soglia Della Dimenticanza. Carmen was educated at the University of Michigan and Oxford University, UK, where she obtained a doctorate in English literature. Her essays, reviews, and poems appear in publications such as PEN, the TLS, Modern Poetry in Translation, PN Review, Harvard Review, and the BBC Magazine. In 2017 Carmen was made a George Orwell Prize Fellow. She teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC and lives in Long Island, NY.
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