September 8, 2018
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SIMONA POPESCU (b. 1965, Codlea, Brașov county) is a Romanian writer. She graduated the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest in 1987. Lecturer at the Department of Romanian Literature of the Faculty of Letters (University of Bucharest). She was discovered by the poet Alexandru Mușina while she was still a high school student in Brașov. She read her texts at Cenaclul de Luni (Monday literary circle) hosted by Nicolae Manolescu. She was then a member of the Universitas literary circle hosted by Mircea Martin, which was attended by most members of the 90s literary generation. Popescu herself belongs to the 90s literary generation. Together with her Brașov colleagues, Andrei Bodiu, Caius Dobrescu and Marius Oprea, she founded a literary movement called “mașcrisissm”. At the beginning of her literary activity she was a member of the Brașov literary group, which the four of them founded in the 1980s. Her work was published in the collective volume Pauza de respirație (Respiration Break). She formed a strong spiritual connection with surrealist poet Gellu Naum. Poetry: Xilofonul și alte poeme (Xylophone and Other Poems, 1990); Pauza de respirație (Respiration Break, collective volume); Juventus și alte poeme (Juventus and Other Poems, 1994); Noapte sau zi (Night or Day, 1998); Lucrări în verde. Pledoaria mea pentru poezie (Works in Green or My Plea for Poetry, 2006); novels: Exuviae (1997); essays: Volubilis, 1998; Salvarea speciei. Despre suprarealism și Gellu Naum (The Rescuing of Species, a Biographical Essay about Surrealist Poet Gellu Naum, 2002), Clava, critificțiune cu Gellu Naum (Clava. Critifiction with Gellu Naum, 2004), Autorul, un personaj (The author – a character, 2015).