Andrei Codrescu
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Born in Sibiu, Romania on December 20, 1946; emigrated to the United States in 1966; became U.S. citizen in 1981; poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter; columnist on National Public Radio; editor of Exquisite Corpse, a literary journal on line at www.corpse.org; MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

RECENT BOOKS

POETRY:

Submarinul Iertat: by Ruxandra Cesereanu and Andrei Codrescu
(Bucharest: Editura Brumar, 2007)
This is a long poem written in Romanian, an e-mail collaboration with Ruxandra Cesereanu; a limited numbered and signed collector's edition, to be followed in 2008 by a "mass" paperback and an eventual translation into English.

Instrumentul Negru: Poezii 1965-1968
(Editura Scrisul Romånesc, 2004)

It Was Today - New Poems by Andrei Codrescu
(Coffee House Press, 2003)

Alien Candor: Selected Poems, 1970-1995
(Santa Rosa:Black Sparrow Press, 1996)

Poezii Alese/Selected Poetry
bi-lingual edition, English and Romanian (Bucharest: Editura Paralela 45, 2000)

Belligerence
(Minneapolis: Coffee House Press,1993)

Comrade Past and Mister Present
(Minneapolis:Coffee House Press,1991)

FICTION:

Wakefield
(Algonquin Press, May 2004)

Casanova in Bohemia, a novel
(New York: The Free Press, 2002)

A Bar in Brooklyn: Novellas & Stories, 1970-1978
(Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1999)

Messiah
(New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999) a novel.

The Blood Countess
(New York:Simon & Schuster, 1995) a novel); Dell paperback, 1996. National best-seller.

The Repentance of Lorraine
(New York: Rhinoceros Books,1994) a novel.

MEMOIRS; TRAVELOGUES:

An Involuntary Genius in America’s Shoes (and What Happened Afterwards)
(Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 2001; re-issue of “The Life & Times of an Involuntary Genius,” 1976, and “In America’s Shoes,” 1983, with new forward and coda-essay).

Ay, Cuba! A Socio-Erotic Journey. With photographs by David Graham.
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999; New York: Picador, 2001)

Road Scholar: Coast to Coast Late in the Century
(New York: Hyperion, 1993) with photographs by David Graham. A journal of the making of the movie "Road Scholar," written by and starring Andrei Codrescu. General release: Goldwyn Company. TV: PBS. Video: Hallmark Entertainment. Winner of the Peabody Award.

The Hole in the Flag: a Romanian Exile's Story of Return and Revolution
(New York:Morrow,1991; Avon pp.1992) A book about the 1989 revolution in Romania. New York Times "Notable Book," 1991, 1992.

ESSAYS:

New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writing from the City
(Algonquin, 2006)

The Devil Never Sleeps & Other Essays.
(New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000)

Hail Babylon! Looking for the American City at the End of the Millenium
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998)

The Dog With the Chip in His Neck: Essays from NPR & Elsewhere
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996)

Zombification: Essays from NPR
(New York:St. Martin's Press,1995; New York: Picador pp., 1996)

The Muse Is Always Half-Dressed in New Orleans
(New York:St. Martin's Press,1995; New York: Picador,1996)

The Disappearance of the Outside: a Manifesto for Escape
(Boston:Addison-Wesley Co.1990; a study of exile)

A Craving for Swan
(Columbus, Ohio:Ohio State University Press,1988)

Raised by Puppets Only to Be Killed by Research
(Boston: Addison-Wesley Co.1987)

TRANSLATION:

At the Court of Yearning: Poems by Lucian Blaga
(Columbus, Ohio:Ohio State University Press,1989; translation of Romania's great modern poet).

ANTHOLOGIES EDITED:

Thus Spake the Corpse: an Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998. Volume Two, Fictions, Travels, and Translations
(Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 2000)

Thus Spake the Corpse: an Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998. Volume One, Poetry and Essays
(Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1999)

American Poets Say Goodbye to the 20th Century
(New York:4 Walls/8 Windows, 1996)

American Poetry Since 1970: Up Late
(New York:4 Walls/8 Windows, 1988) Five printings.

The Stiffest of the Corpse: an Exquisite Corpse Reader, 1983-1990
(San Francisco:City Lights Books, 1990)

AUDIO TAPES/CDs:

The Valley of Christmas
(GertTown Records, 1998)

Plato Sucks
(Los Angeles:Dove Audio, 1996)

Fax Your Prayers
(Los Angeles: Dove Audio, 1995)

No Tacos for Saddam
(Los Angeles: Gang of Seven, BMG Distributors)

American Life with Andrei Codrescu
(Washington, DC: NPR) Two one-hour tapes.

FILM:

Road Scholar.
Public Policy Productions. Feature documentary written by and starring Andrei Codrescu, produced by Roger Weisberg, directed by Roger Weisberg and Jean de Segonzac.
Winner: George Foster Peabody Award,Golden Eagle Award, Cine Festival; Chris Award, Columbus Film Festival. Best Documentary: Seattle International Film Festival; Best Documentary: San Francisco Film Festival. Distributed nationally by Samuel Goldwyn Co. Premiered on PBS, Fall 1994.Hallmark Video.

NATIONAL APPEARANCES:

NPR: ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, weekly commentary.
NIGHTLINE commentary.
ARCHITECTURE, Stereopticon: a monthly column.
FUNNY TIMES, regular contributor.
GAMBIT WEEKLY, columnist.

Appearances on THE TODAY SHOW,THE TONIGHT SHOW,THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW, THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW,CNN-INTERNATIONAL HOUR,C-SPAN,ABC NEWS, NBC NEWS, CBS NEWS. Writes commentary and book reviews for THE NEW YORK TIMES,THE BOSTON GLOBE,THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER,THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, NEWSDAY, THE KANSAS CITY STAR,PLAYBOY,SIERRA MAGAZINE, DIGITAL MEDIA, INDEX ON CENSORSHIP.

Lectures extensively, participates in national and international symposia.List of topics available.

AWARDS:

MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English, LSU
Peabody Award
for Road Scholar.
Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for poetry; editing; radio
Big Table Poetry Award
Towson State University Literature Prize
General Electric Foundation Poetry Prize
ACLU Freedom of Speech Award
Mayor's Arts Award, New Orleans.
Literature Prize of the Romanian Cultural Foundation, Bucharest

REFERENCE:

Andrei Codrescu and the Myth of America by Kirby Olson
(MacFarland, 2006)

Miracol si catastrofå: a book-length interview in Romanian conducted by Robert Lazu
(Arad, Romania, Editura Hartmann 2005)

CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS AUTOBIOGRAPHY SERIES, Volume 19, 1994.
Gale Research. ANDREI CODRESCU.

ANDREI CODRESCU: A BIBLIOGRAPHY, 1966-1990 by Daniel Lee Butcher.
M.A. thesis based on the Codrescu holdings at LSU's Hill Memorial Library.

XAVIER REVIEW, Vol. 20, No.1, New Orleans 2000. "Tanslating Codrescu into Romanian" by Ioana Avadani; "Andreiology" by Julian Semilian; "Codrescu Verses America: A Postmodern Turned Loose" by Tim Lehnert.

ROMANI IN STIINTA SI CULTURA OCCIDENTALA, American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Davis 1992. Encyclopedia: Romanians in Arts & Sciences in the Western world.

SONG OF MY EMERGING SELF: THE POETRY OF ANDREI CODRESCU by Ileana Alexandra Orlich. MELUS, Volume 18, No.3, Fall 1993.

SCRIITORI DIN DIASPORA: ANDREI CODRESCU by Florea Firan
Analele Universitatii din Craiova, Seria Stiinte Filologice, Literatura Romana si Universala, Nr.1-12, 1997

ANDREI CODRESCU’S MIORITIC SPACE by Richard Collins. MELUS, Volume 23, Number 3, Fall 1998.

SELECTED QUOTES:

ON POETRY:

"One of our most prodigiously talented and magical writers."
Bruce Shlain, New York Times Book Review

"His command of language is superb, his writing beautifully original, and his insights piercing."
Frances Taliafero, Harper's Magazine

"The writing is a celebration, a festive song of gratitude."
Stephen Kessler, San Francisco Review of Books

"With humor and grace, wisdom and tenderness, Codrescu transforms the commonplace into the miraculous. His work is cause for celebration."
Kay Boyle

ON THE HOLE IN THE FLAG:

"A Panorama of life in post-revolutionary Romania...A work of great complexity and subtlety... Unsettling... Touching, painstakingly accurate...A gripping political detective story."
Alex Kozinski, The New York Times Book Review

"The most valuable work on political manipulation since Orwell's 1984... Codrescu peels layers of complexity from an important historical event to reveal the ghastly truths."
George Czicsery, San Jose Mercury News

ON THE NPR COLLECTIONS:

"These sweet and sour satirical gems make for a fine filling between the fragments of our lives. One at a time or as a whole, they deliver a nice sense of completion and a large dash of laughter and insight -- a rare combination these days."
Spalding Gray

"This transplanted Transylvanian with the bateau-mouche moustache always manages (in his consideration of All Things) to create a craving for the subversive-- something that is much needed in these days of 'friendly fascism.' "
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Codrescu's essays remind us that brevity is the soul of wit and that imagination doesn't have to be swaddled in description. If parents, teachers, and politicians could imitate his style, the time savings alone would make our lives seem longer and certainly happier."
Max Apple

"Codrescu manages to be brilliant and insightful,tough and seductive about American culture..."
The New York Times Book Review

ON ROAD SCHOLAR:

"Mr. Codrescu is the sort of writer who feels obliged to satirize and interplay with reality and not just catalogue impressions...it's a measure of talent..."
Francis X. Clines, The New York Times Book Review

"Codrescu is a wordsmith par excellence...a modern day DeTocqueville... a wry and whimsical, pungently idiosyncratic documentary."
Joe Leydon, The Los Angeles Times

"Codrescu's distinctive perspective makes the trip worth taking."
Variety

"Funny, exceptionally moving search for Whitman's America."
The Village Voice

"Codrescu is among the most astute contemporary observers of what William Carlos Williams called 'the American grain,' while simultaneously joining playwright Eugene Ionesco as one of Romania's great rememberers of dictatorial things past."
Houston Chronicle

"Mr. Codrescu, with the deadpan burlesque of a jaded outsider, rightfully assumes his place among the keener chroniclers of the American spirit, 1990s style. On film as on the radio, his work is defined by the tensions at play between humor and sentiment, between one-liners and aphorism, and between immigrant optimism and dissident cynicism."
The New York Times

ON THE BLOOD COUNTESS:

"An extraordinary work of fiction...The Blood Countess is hypnotic and lyrical, with both the concentrated poetic power of the great fairy tales and the playful expansiveness of postmodern fiction."
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"Beautifully written and meticulously researched...a book of high gothic drama"
Entertainment Weekly

"The Blood Countess offers stylish entertainment that starts on Page One...Codrescu is nervously alert for recurrent patterns of evil and its handmaiden, absolute authority."
R.Z. Sheppard in Time

ON A BAR IN BROOKLYN: NOVELLAS & STORIES 1970-1978:

"Codrescu’s voice is assured, funny as a jazz funeral and sharp as ammonia, nailing more virtuoso turns than a Formula One driver. His prose is so deadpan it goes through irony and comes out in some undiscovered place on the other side."
Diane Roberts in St. Petersburg Times

ON THE DEVIL NEVER SLEEPS:

"A charming rascal, Codrescu coos to his prey, lulling you into a kind of dreamy complicity before neatly slashing your throat."
Philip Martin in the Oxford American (March-April 2000)

"Codrescu, an urbanite Walter Benjamin with a sense of humor, remains a poet, a person who works ‘only at recognizing the awesomeness of the universe, which is a job, too’."
The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

ON THE EXQUISITE CORPSE ANTHOLOGIES:

"The best aspects of the spirit of the Beats lives on in this frequently sassy, salty, silly and ultimately satisfying experience."
Publishers’ Weekly, January 29, 2001

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