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Andrei Codrescu

The Romanian poet reads and discusses his work

Mon 16 Apr 2012, 7:00pm

Free Word Lecture Theatre

Photo of Andrei Codrescu in sunglasses

Photo by David Gallent

'One of our most prodigiously talented and magical writers.;
Bruce Shlain, New York Times

Celebrated Romanian poet Andrei Codrescu will read from his upcoming book So Recently Rent a World: Selected Poems, 1968-2012 and will talk about his work-in-progress 'The Archived Future (with life in footnotes)': an essay about the digital future and how to live with it.

Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Romania, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1967. In 1970, his first poetry collection, License to Carry A Gun, won the Big Table Award. He has published over forty volumes of poetry, fiction, and essays since them. He is a weekly commentator on National Public Radio, with an audience of twenty-three millions, who have no idea what he is really saying. He has written and starred in documentary films, including the Peabody Award-winning, Road Scholar (1991), has covered the Romanian Revolution for NPR and ABC News in 1989, and was Professor of English at Louisiana State University. He lives in New Orleans and in Ozarks, where he now makes "witches" from uprooted trees. He knows all the above poets, among whom Anselm Hollo is one of his best friends. His latest books, from Princeton University Press, are The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess (2009), The Poetry Lesson (2010) and Whatever Gets You through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments (2011).