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Miruna Vlada


1986, Bucharest.




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Short bio

Miruna Vlada (Bucharest, 1986) is a Romanian writer, political scientist and cultural facilitator. She published 3 collections of poems in Romanian: “Poemextrauterine / Ectopic Poems” (2004, Paralela 45 publishing house), “Pauza dintre vene / Break Between Veins” (2007, Cartea Romaneasca/ Polirom publishing house) and „Bosnia.Partaj” /„Bosnia.Partition” (2014, Cartea Romaneasca/ Polirom publishing house). She was included in several anthologies of the most important young Romanian poets and she was awarded by the Bucharest Writers’ Association. She participated in several international poetry readings (in Graz, Brussels, Berlin, Sarajevo, Prishtina) and in 2011 she held a public reading at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London with the renown poet Jo Shapcott. For ``Bosnia. Partition`` she received the Best Poetry Book of the Year 2014 Prize at the National Gala of Radio Romania Cultural. Selections of her poems have been translated into Albanian, Bosnian, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Macedonian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian. In 2016 she received the Traduki Literary Residency in Sarajevo.
Since 2005, she curates various cultural events in Bucharest that combine wine tasting with jazz concert, artistic performances and poetry readings. Between 2014-2015 she cooperated in organising cultural events in ``Conceptual Lab`` - an alternative cultural venue in center Bucharest. Between 2012-2014 she was the main host of the cultural radio show called ‘Romanian letters’ at ActiveFM.
In 2013 she obtained a Ph.D in international relations (focused on a constructivist analysis of the EU enlargement policy in the Western Balkans) and for the moment she combines writing with teaching classes of East European Studies at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest with cultural activism in PEN Club Romania and facilitation of cultural events. Currently she works at her first novel – “Anticoncepțional”/ “Contraceptive”, soon to be published by a renown Romanian publishing house.

Longer and more complicated bio

I was conceived around the end of 1985 (I think), and then, in the spring of 1986, there was the Cernobîl disaster and then I was delivered in this thing called life in August, at the maternity of the Municipal Hospital in Bucharest.

Studies and research

Miruna Vlada is my literary pseudonym. My non-literary self was (and still is) very interested in political theory (particularly in postcolobial theories) and how it conditions our contexts. Between 2005-2008 I have attended the Faculty of Political Science at SNSPA Bucharest.

Other publications

Apart from poetry, I sometimes publish opinion articles and essays in Romanian cultural magazines

Other Stuff I do

I like to organize creative writing seminars and to organize and moderate national and international cultural events.