Hellmut Seiler (b. 1953, Romania/Germany) was born in Rupea, Romania. He is a poet, writer, literary critic and editor. He studied German and English languages and literatures in Sibiu. He is a member of PEN International and, since 2004, general secretary of Exil-PEN, for German-speaking countries. He made his literary debut in 1982 with the poetry volume die einsamkeit der stühle (the loneliness of the chairs), Dacia Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca. He has published seven poetry volumes – among which Pădurea de interdict̞ii (The Forest of Interdictions), Limes Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 2007, translated into Romanian by Andrei Zanca – and two books of short stories. He has translated into German Romanian contemporary poets, such as: Ion Pop, Rodica Draghincescu, Emil Hurezeanu, Nora Iuga, Mircea Ciobanu, Emilian Galaicu-Paun, Ioan Flora, Robert Șerban, Matei Vișniec. He was awarded several literary prizes, including “Würth-Literaturpreis” (2000) and “Irseer Pegasus” (2003).