Robert G. Elekes (b. 1985, Romania) is a poet, performer and translator. He was born into a multiethnic family in Brașov, Romania. He graduated in 2004 from “Aprily Lajos”, the Hungarian-language high school in Brașov, and in 2008 from “Transilvania” University of Brașov. In 2012 he earned his PhD from the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu for a thesis on German-language literature in Romania during communism. He currently teaches literary and translation studies at “Transilvania” University of Brașov. He published his first poem, Speologia Sinelui (Speleology of the Self), in 2012 in the literary journal Corpul T. His first poetry volume, aici îmi iau dinții-n spinare și adio (here i sink my teeth into my spine and i’m off), was published in 2015 by Tracus Arte. After his debut, he was awarded the Mihai Eminescu Opus Primum National Poetry Prize, the Iustin Panța National Poetry Debut Prize, The Debut Prize of the Romanian literary journal Familia, and the Debut Prize of the Romanian Writers’ Union. 2018 he published his second poetry volume O dronă care să mă vrea în sfârșit doar pe mine (a drone that will finally want just me) at the publishing house Max Blecher and shortly after was awarded the Young Writer of The Year 2018 Prize at the Young Writers Gala in Bucharest. His poems were translated into Hungarian, German, English and Dutch. He is the founder and coordinator of the poetry reading club and the poetry festival Dactăr Nicu’s Skyzoid Poets.
Robert G. Elekes