Carmen Bugan

Carmen Bugan

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), and a critical study entitled Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile (MHRA/Legenda)Her essays, reviews, and poems appear in publications such as PEN, Harvard Review, the TLS, Modern Poetry in Translation, PN Review, and the BBC Magazine.  Carmen was a Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University, and appears at book fairs and literary festivals worldwide.  She lives in Long Island, NY.

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Friday poem: 'Is this window ours?'

Friday poem: 'Is this window ours?'

Carmen Bugan, author of Burying the Typewriter, shares some of her poems, including a brand new poem written for the US Presidential Inauguration Day 2017.

Five books that should be on Mark Zuckerberg's reading list

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the weekend that he's starting a book club. They'll read and discuss a book every two weeks. Only the first book has been chosen so far (The End of Power by Moises Naim), so we've compiled a list of Picador books that fit the book club's criteria of emphasizing learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. 

How writing a book answered a thirty-year-old question

How writing a book answered a thirty-year-old question

Carmen Bugan always wondered what effect her father's one-man protest against Ceaucescu in 1983 had on her fellow Romanians. Two years after her book Burying the Typewriter was published, she found out about the impact he had on one man's life.

Seven tributes to remarkable women

Seven tributes to remarkable women

To celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, I asked a few of Picador's female authors to write a short paragraph about the woman that most inspired them and why. As the responses came in I laughed, got goosebumps, and felt a tear or two brewing. This collection of voices tells of remarkable women. Some stories are funny, some moving; all will – I hope – leave you feeling inspired.

Visiting the country of my birth: a poem by Carmen Bugan

This wonderfully evocative poem appears at the beginning of Carmen's memoir, Burying the Typewriter, which details what happened to her and her family, isolated and under surveillance during the Ceau┼čescu regime in Rom├ónia.