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.
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
Negru: Poezii 1965-1968
(Editura Scrisul Romånesc, 2004)
Was Today - New Poems by Andrei Codrescu
(Coffee House Press, 2003)
Candor: Selected Poems, 1970-1995
(Santa Rosa:Black Sparrow Press, 1996)
bi-lingual edition, English and Romanian (Bucharest: Editura Paralela
(Minneapolis: Coffee House Press,1993)
Past and Mister Present
(Minneapolis:Coffee House Press,1991)
(Algonquin Press, May 2004)
in Bohemia, a novel
(New York: The Free Press, 2002)
Bar in Brooklyn: Novellas & Stories, 1970-1978
(Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1999)
(New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999) a novel.
(New York:Simon & Schuster, 1995) a novel); Dell paperback,
1996. National best-seller.
Repentance of Lorraine
(New York: Rhinoceros Books,1994) a novel.
Involuntary Genius in Americas Shoes (and What Happened Afterwards)
(Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 2001; re-issue of The
Life & Times of an Involuntary Genius, 1976, and In
Americas Shoes, 1983, with new forward and coda-essay).
Cuba! A Socio-Erotic Journey. With photographs by David
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999; New York: Picador, 2001)
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.
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.
New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writing from the City
Devil Never Sleeps & Other Essays.
(New York: St. Martins Press, 2000)
Babylon! Looking for the American City at the End of the Millenium
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998)
Dog With the Chip in His Neck: Essays from NPR & Elsewhere
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996)
Essays from NPR
(New York:St. Martin's Press,1995; New York: Picador pp., 1996)
Muse Is Always Half-Dressed in New Orleans
(New York:St. Martin's Press,1995; New York: Picador,1996)
Disappearance of the Outside: a Manifesto for Escape
(Boston:Addison-Wesley Co.1990; a study of exile)
Craving for Swan
(Columbus, Ohio:Ohio State University Press,1988)
by Puppets Only to Be Killed by Research
(Boston: Addison-Wesley Co.1987)
the Court of Yearning: Poems by Lucian Blaga
(Columbus, Ohio:Ohio State University Press,1989; translation of
Romania's great modern poet).
Spake the Corpse: an Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998. Volume Two,
Fictions, Travels, and Translations
(Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 2000)
Spake the Corpse: an Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998. Volume One,
Poetry and Essays
(Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1999)
Poets Say Goodbye to the 20th Century
(New York:4 Walls/8 Windows, 1996)
Poetry Since 1970: Up Late
(New York:4 Walls/8 Windows, 1988) Five printings.
Stiffest of the Corpse: an Exquisite Corpse Reader, 1983-1990
(San Francisco:City Lights Books, 1990)
Valley of Christmas
(GertTown Records, 1998)
(Los Angeles:Dove Audio, 1996)
(Los Angeles: Dove Audio, 1995)
Tacos for Saddam
(Los Angeles: Gang of Seven, BMG Distributors)
Life with Andrei Codrescu
(Washington, DC: NPR) Two one-hour tapes.
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
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, weekly commentary.
ARCHITECTURE, Stereopticon: a monthly column.
FUNNY TIMES, regular contributor.
GAMBIT WEEKLY, columnist.
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.
extensively, participates in national and international symposia.List
of topics available.
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;
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
Andrei Codrescu and the Myth of America by Kirby Olson
si catastrofå: a book-length interview in Romanian
conducted by Robert Lazu
(Arad, Romania, Editura Hartmann 2005)
AUTHORS AUTOBIOGRAPHY SERIES, Volume 19, 1994.
Gale Research. ANDREI CODRESCU.
CODRESCU: A BIBLIOGRAPHY, 1966-1990 by Daniel Lee Butcher.
M.A. thesis based on the Codrescu holdings at LSU's Hill Memorial
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.
IN STIINTA SI CULTURA OCCIDENTALA, American-Romanian Academy
of Arts and Sciences, Davis 1992. Encyclopedia: Romanians in Arts
& Sciences in the Western world.
OF MY EMERGING SELF: THE POETRY OF ANDREI CODRESCU by Ileana
Alexandra Orlich. MELUS, Volume 18, No.3, Fall 1993.
DIN DIASPORA: ANDREI CODRESCU by Florea Firan
Analele Universitatii din Craiova, Seria Stiinte Filologice, Literatura
Romana si Universala, Nr.1-12, 1997
CODRESCUS MIORITIC SPACE by Richard Collins. MELUS,
Volume 23, Number 3, Fall 1998.
of our most prodigiously talented and magical writers."
Bruce Shlain, New York Times Book Review
command of language is superb, his writing beautifully original,
and his insights piercing."
Frances Taliafero, Harper's Magazine
writing is a celebration, a festive song of gratitude."
Stephen Kessler, San Francisco Review of Books
humor and grace, wisdom and tenderness, Codrescu transforms the
commonplace into the miraculous. His work is cause for celebration."
THE HOLE IN THE FLAG:
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
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
THE NPR COLLECTIONS:
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."
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.' "
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."
manages to be brilliant and insightful,tough and seductive about
The New York Times Book Review
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
is a wordsmith par excellence...a modern day DeTocqueville... a
wry and whimsical, pungently idiosyncratic documentary."
Joe Leydon, The Los Angeles Times
distinctive perspective makes the trip worth taking."
exceptionally moving search for Whitman's America."
The Village Voice
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."
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
THE BLOOD COUNTESS:
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
written and meticulously researched...a book of high gothic drama"
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
A BAR IN BROOKLYN: NOVELLAS & STORIES 1970-1978:
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
THE DEVIL NEVER SLEEPS:
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)
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
THE EXQUISITE CORPSE ANTHOLOGIES:
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