Vasile Baghiu was born in 1965, in Borlesti, Neamt, in Romania. He is a prominent Romanian poet and fiction writer, and member of both the Writers’ Union of Romania and the PEN Club. During his youth he worked as a nurse, living in a tuberculosis sanatorium for seven years. This experience greatly influenced his writing, with illness, death and isolation featuring as major themes in his writing. He is now a psychologist in Piatra Neamt, where he lives with his family.

He invented the poetic concept known as “chimerism”, that theorizes a new transnational trend based on four elements – transfiguration, journey, disease and science. He has travelled all over Europe inspired by the “chimerist” journey of his poetry, and has been a writer-in-residence in Germany, Austria, Scotland and Switzerland.

Baghiu has published seven volumes of poetry, a short prose volume and two novels, also many literary articles and essays. In 1998 he published Prizonier în URSS written by his father, Vasile Gh. Baghiu in the 1950s, shortly after his return from the Soviet prisoner-of-war camps. He also writes poems in English and many of these have been published in the USA, UK, Canada and New Zeland. Between 2006 and 2009 he was the editor of the online poetry forum Poetry Circle. He is currently working on a new novel.

Vasile Baghiu is cited on a new website in English promoting Contemporary Romanian Writers. To go to  his page click here

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