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Andrei Codrescu born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, emigrated to the U.S in 1966. His first poetry book, License to Carry a Gun, won the 1970 Big Table Poetry award. He founded Exquisite Corpse: a Journal of Books & Ideas in 1983, taught literature and poetry at Johns Hopkins University, University of Baltimore, and Louisiana State University where he was MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English. He's been a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered since 1983, and received a Peabody Award for writing and starring in the film Road Scholar. In 1989 he returned to his native Romania to cover the fall of the Ceausescu regime for NPR and ABC News, and wrote The Hole in the Flag: an Exile's Story of Return and Revolution. After his return, he reconnected with  Romania and started to write again in his native language, producing a separate body of work in poetry, essay, and criticism. English remains his primary language, the site of his many books of poetry, novels, essays; the most recent are The Art of Forgetting: New Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2016), Bibliodeath: my Archives (with Life in Footnotes) (Antibookclub, 2012) So Recently Rent a World : New and Selected Poems (Coffee House, 2012), Whatever Gets You Through the Night: a Story of Sheherezade and The Arabian Entertainments (Princeton University Press, 2011), The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, (Princeton University Press, 2009), and The Poetry Lesson (Princeton University Press, 2010). His work, correspondence, notebooks, art works, and sundry related documents are at the Hill Memorial Library at LSU in Baton Rouge, the Slavic Library at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City collection of Twentieth-Century Avantgarde Art.