September 8, 2018
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ROBERT ȘERBAN (b. 1970, Turnu Severin) is a Romanian writer, journalist, TV producer and host of the television show “Pepper on tongue” (TVR Timişoara). He has a degree in Arts and Design, and also graduated Civil Engineering, both in Timișoara. He is the president of the International Festival of Literature in Timișoara (FILTM). Published books: Of course I’m exaggerating (poetry, 1994, Romanian Writers’ Union Prize for Debut), Odyssex (poetry, 1996), Pepper on tongue (interviews, 1999, Romanian Writers’ Union Prize, Timişoara branch), On the trail of the Great River/ Auf den Spuren des grossen Stroms (co-author, poetry and prose, 2002), Timişoara in Three Friends (coauthor, together with Dan Mircea Cipariu and Mihai Zgondoiu, poetry, 2003, Poesis Magazine Prize ), The Pink Book of Communism (co-author, memoirs, 2004), The Fifth Wheel (interviews, 2004; Romanian Writers’ Union Prize, Timişoara), Feathertales/ Anus dazumal (prose, 2005), Home Cinema (poetry, 2006, by Observator cultural magazine prize for poetry, Romanian Writers’ Union Prize, Timişoara branch), Athenee Palace Hotel (drama, co-author, with Alexander Hausvater, 2007), The Eye with Eaves (press articles, 2007)， A carriage loaded with nothing/ EinKarren beladen mit nichts (poetry, co-author, together with Ioan Es. Pop and Peter Sragher, 2008), The para-fine death (poetry, 2010, prize awarded by Luceafărul de dimineaţă magazine, Romanian Writers’ Union Prize, Timişoara branch), Narration of being. Dialogues, Robert Şerban and Şerban Foarţă (memoirs, 2013), Truth speaks the sinner. Dialogue with Valeriu Armeanu (interview, 2014), Timișoara. Artists of the 80s Generation (art essays, 2015), Below the line (poetry, 2015, Radio Romania Cultural Prize, Ateneu Magazine Prize, Romanian Writers’ Union Prize, Timişoara branch), Livius Ciocârlie. Sometimes I can’t help laughing. Dialogues by Robert Șerban (2015), La Tolce Vita. Robert Șerban in dialogue with Marcel Tolcea, 2016, I speak to myself aloud. Dialogue by un cristian (memoirs, 2016), Hidden in plain sight (poetry, together with Pavel Vereș – digital art), Prozator din silă. Viorel Marineasa în dialog cu Robert Șerban (2017). Many of his books were published in other countries and selections of his poems were published in various international anthologies and literary magazines. He won a scholarship offered by the Soros Foundation (1995) and literary residencies in Krems (Austria, 2005), Thusis (Switzerland, 2007), Winterthur (Switzerland, 2009) and Vienna (Austria, 2013).