Romanian Poets Read Work about the Revolution


Recently, a small group of Romanian poets met at KGB Bar in the East Village to read poetry related to the Romanian revolution.

According to an article in The Economist, many of the poets shared quite traumatic experiences via their poems, poems that recollected “life under Romania’s communist regime, a 42-year slog marked by poverty, food shortages, and profound misery.” This era ended in 1989 after a particularly brutal revolution. Nicolae Ceaușescu, then dictator, was sentenced to death and executed by firing squad.

All of the participating poets immigrated to the United States after the revolution’s conclusion and shared some very vivid memories as well as fictional accounts of this particularly devastating time in Romanian history. One poet, Claudia Serea, came to the United States in 1995. She now lives in New York where she is a graphic designer. Her poems and translations have been widely published, and she has three collections of poetry, which were released in 2012 and 2013.

To read more about Serea and other Romanian poets, see the full article here.