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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'a 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. He is the author of books of poetry, novels, essays; the most recent are So Recently Rent a World : New and Selected Poems (Coffee House, 2012), Bibliodeath: my Archives (with Life in Footnotes) (Antibookclub, 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).

2012: So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012 (Coffee House Press)

2012: Bibliodeath: My Archives (with Life in Footnotes) (Antibookclub)

2011: whatever gets you through the night: a story of sheherezade and the arabian entertainments (Princeton University Press)

2010: The Poetry Lesson (Princeton University Press)

2009: The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess (Princeton University Press)

2009: The Forgiven Submarine, by Ruxandra Cesereanu and Andrei Codrescu (Black Widow Press)

2008: Jealous Witness: New Poems (Coffee House Press) with CD, Into the Maelstrom by The New Orleans Klezmer AllStars, featuring poems from the book, music by Glenn Hartman, with singers Ivan Neville, Coco Robicheaux, Harry Shearer, and others.

2007: 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 into English.

2006: New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writing from the City (Algonquin Books)

2004: Wakefield, a novel (Algonquin Books) 

2004: Instrumentul Negru: Poezii 1965-1968, (Editura Scrisul Romånesc)

2003: It Was Today - New Poems (Coffee House Press)

2001: An Involuntary Genius in America’s Shoes (and What Happened Afterwards) (Black Sparrow Press; re-issue of “The Life & Times of an Involuntary Genius,” 1976, and “In America’s Shoes,” 1983, with new forward and coda-essay).

2002: Casanova in Bohemia, a novel (The Free Press)

2000: The Devil Never Sleeps & Other Essays ( St. Martin’s Press)

2000: Poezii Alese/Selected Poetry bi-lingual edition, English and Romanian (Editura Paralela 45)

1999: A Bar in Brooklyn: Novellas & Stories, 1970-1978(Black Sparrow Press)

1999: Messiah, a novel (Simon & Schuster)

1999: Ay, Cuba! A Socio-Erotic Journey, with photographs by David Graham.
(St. Martin's Press, 1999; Picador, 2001)

1998: Hail Babylon! Looking for the American City at the End of the Millenium (St. Martin's Press)

1996: The Dog With the Chip in His Neck: Essays from NPR & Elsewhere (St. Martin's Press)

1996: Alien Candor: Selected Poems, 1970-1995 (Black Sparrow Press)

1995: The Blood Countess, a novel (Simon & Schuster)

1995: Zombification: Essays from NPR (St. Martin's Press, Picador)

1995: The Muse Is Always Half-Dressed in New Orleans, essays (St. Martin's Press, Picador) 

1994: The Repentance of Lorraine, a novel (Rhinoceros Books)

1993: Belligerence, poems (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press)

1993: Road Scholar: Coast to Coast Late in the Century, with photographs by David Graham (Hyperion)  with photographs by David Graham.

1991: The Hole in the Flag: a Romanian Exile's Story of Return and Revolution
(Morrow, Avon)

1991: Comrade Past and Mister Present, poems (Coffee House Press)

1990: The Disappearance of the Outside: a Manifesto for Escape, an essay (Addison-Wesley)

1988: A Craving for Swan, (Ohio State University Press)

1989: At the Court of Yearning: Poems by Lucian Blaga, translation (Ohio State University Press)

1987: Raised by Puppets Only to Be Killed by Research, essays (Addison-Wesley) 

1971: The History of the Growth of Heaven, poems (George Braziller)

1970: License to Carry a Gun, poems (Big Table)


2009-2008: Exquisite Corpse Annual, an yearly anthology (Exquisite Corpse Books)

2000: Thus Spake the Corpse: an Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998. Volume Two, Fictions, Travels, and Translations (Black Sparrow Press) "The 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

1999: Thus Spake the Corpse: an Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998. Volume One, Poetry and Essays
(Black Sparrow Press)

1998: American Poets Say Goodbye to the 20th Century, (4 Walls/8 Windows)

1996: American Poetry Since 1970: Up Late (4 Walls/8 Windows)

1990:  The Stiffest of the Corpse: an Exquisite Corpse Reader, 1983-1990 (City Lights Books)


1998: The Valley of Christmas (GertTown Records)

1996: Plato Sucks (Dove Audio)

1995: Fax Your Prayers (Dove Audio)

1994: No Tacos for Saddam (Gang of Seven, BMG)

1993: American Life with Andrei Codrescu (Washington, DC: NPR)



1993: Road Scholar, Public Policy Productions. Feature documentary written by and starring Andrei Codrescu, produced by Roger Weisberg, directed by Roger Weisberg and Jean de Segonzac. 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 Video.


NPR: ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, regular commentary; NIGHTLINE, occasional commentary; ARCHITECTURE, Stereopticon: a monthly column (2000-2003); FUNNY TIMES, occasional contributor.; GAMBIT WEEKLY, columnist (1997-2007)


Lectures extensively, participates in national and international symposia.

Awards: MacCurdy 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; radio; 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; Ovidius Prize

References: 2006: Andrei Codrescu and the Myth of America by Kirby Olson (MacFarland, 2006); 2005: Miracol si catastrofå: a book-length interview in Romanian conducted by Robert Lazu (Arad, Romania, Editura Hartmann 2005); 2000: XAVIER REVIEW, Vol. 20, No.1. "Translating Codrescu into Romanian" by Ioana Avadani; "Andreiology" by Julian Semilian; "Codrescu Verses America: A Postmodern Turned Loose" by Tim Lehnert; 1998: ANDREI CODRESCU’S MIORITIC SPACE by Richard Collins. MELUS, Volume 23, Number 3; 1997: ANDREI CODRESCU: A BIBLIOGRAPHY, 1966-1990 by Daniel Lee Butcher. M.A. thesis based on the Codrescu holdings at LSU's Hill Memorial Library; 1997, SCRIITORI DIN DIASPORA: ANDREI CODRESCU by Florea Firan, Analele Universitatii din Craiova, Seria Stiinte Filologice, Literatura Romana si Universala, Nr.1-12; 1994: CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS AUTOBIOGRAPHY SERIES, Volume 19 (Gale Research); 1993: SONG OF MY EMERGING SELF: THE POETRY OF ANDREI CODRESCU by Ileana Alexandra Orlich. MELUS, Volume 18, No.3.; 1992: ROMANI IN STIINTA SI CULTURA OCCIDENTALA, American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Davis. Encyclopedia: Romanians in Arts & Sciences in the Western world.




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