Liliana Ursu

Liliana Ursu, internationally acclaimed Romanian poet, was born in Sibiu, Romania. Ursu has published eight books of poetry in Romanian. Her first book in English, The Sky Behind the Forest (Bloodaxe Books, 1997), translated by Ursu, Adam J. Sorkin, and Tess Gallagher, became a British Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation and was shortlisted for Oxford’s Weidenfeld Prize. Ursu’s poetry has also been translated by her with Bruce Weigl and by Sean Cotter. Her most recent volume is Lift Up Your Hearts (Bucharest, Eminescu Publishing House, 2002). Sorkin and Gallagher, in collaboration with Ursu, are readying a second book of her poems in English, to be entitled A Path to the Sea. During 1992-93 and again in 1997-98, Ursu was a Fulbright Lecturer at Penn State’s University Park campus; in spring 2000 she served as a visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Louisville. In fall 2003, she was Poet-in-Residence at the Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell University. Ursu has worked for Romanian National Radio since 1980, producing a literary magazine of the air.