In the context of Timisoara: Cultural Capital of Europe 2021, Belgian author and former European Slam Poetry champion Carmien Michels is venturing to Romania. The programme will finish at Muntpunt with Simona Popescu, Catalina Oslobanu and Andreea Rasuceanu.
Carmien Michels' (1990) art balances between writing and performance, between the urban and the classical. She studied diction at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. As a graduation project, she wrote her debut novel We zijn water, published by De Bezige Bij in 2013. One year later, it made the shortlist for De Debuutprijs and De Bronzen Uil. Her second novel Vraag het aan de bliksem (Uitgeverij Polis) appeared in September 2015. In 2011, she won the Dutch NTR Radio Prize. During the finals of the 2014 Belgian Poetry Slam Championship, she won the audience award. In January 2016, she won the Dutch Championship Poetry Slam and that same year, she won bronze at the World Championship in Paris. In 2017, she wrote her poetry debut while abroad. In addition, she teaches and collaborates with artists of all kinds.
Simona Popescu, poet, novelist and essayist, is a lecturer at the University of Bucharest, where she teaches the history of Romanian literature and conducts writing workshops. She has published five books of poetry (the last of which, Travaux en vert, has been partially translated into French and German), essays and two books of "criticism" devoted to the surrealist poet Gellu Naum.
Andreea Rasuceanu, born in 1979, is a writer, literary critic and editorial manager. In 1999, she made her literary debut in the Cuvântul journal, led by Radu T. Teposu. In 2018, she published O forma de viata necunoscuta (An Unknown Way of Life, Humanitas Editions), a novel that was nominated for some of the most important literary prizes in Romania (Observator Cultural Award Gala Radio - Romania Cultural, Sofia Nadejde Prize, Best Novel Prize Ziarul de Iasi) and selected for the Festival of the First Novel of Chambéry (France). Fragments of this novel have been translated into French, English and Spanish. According to critics, O forma de viata necunoscuta is one of the best-written and most inventive books in recent Romanian literature. Andreea Rasuceanu has also published short stories in literary journals and anthologies and is the author of three works of criticism and literary theory.
Catalina Oslobanu (1993) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dutch and French Language and Literature from the Universitatea București and a Master’s degree in Dutch Literatures and Society from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. She currently translates works by Dutch and Flemish authors to Romanian.