Ion Cocora

Ion Cocora

Ion Cocora is a poet, essayist, theatre critic and editor. Following his graduation from the Department of Literature of Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Ion Cocora served as consultant for theatre affairs at the Committee for Culture of Cluj County, chief columnist for the literary magazine “Tribuna” (where he wrote the weekly theatre review for 25 years), assistant editor-in-chief for “Literatorul” magazine, committee member of the International Association of Theatre Critics (1981-1985), director of Theatrum Mundi Theatre in Bucharest (1994-2005), director of the publishing house Palimpsest (2003-present), member of the Romanian Writers’ Union since 1969, founding member of the Theatre Union of Romania, and of the “Gellu Naum” Foundation. Has has contributed to all the major national literary magazines and he is the author of more than twenty books, of which most are poetry volumes: Palimpsest (1969, debut), Absolution from Chaos (1973), Inner Sovereignty (1975), The Number Inventor (1976), Plants of Yonder (1983), There Would Be More Left to Live (2003), Ode to the Calligrapher or The Artist Fictions at Maturity (2004), There Will Be a Flight (2007), Inside an Elegy with the Blinds Shut (2011), Life Inside a Lock (2013), Selected Poems (Jerusalem, 2014, in Hebrew), etc. Has been honoured with numerous awards by the Writers’ Union and the Theatre Union of Romania. His more recent awards include the Romanian Academy Award for Literature for the poetry volume Forced Execution, and the Theatre Criticism Award at the Contemporary Romanian Playwrights’ Festival. His poems have been published in translation in Switzerland, Sweden, France, Poland, Austria, Serbia, Russia, Israel, Germany, the Czech Republic, etc.

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