SIMONA-GRAZIA DIMA is a poet, essayist, literary critic, translator and publicist. She studied at college English and Romanian languages and literatures and graduated as a national valedictorian. Her literary debut took place very early, when she was only 7 years old, with a sketch that won the competition organized by the Puppets State Theatre in Timişoara and was staged there, as well as on tours throughout the country and in Italy (Modena).
Since 2003 she has been editor at the Romanian Academy in Bucharest, member of the Romanian Writers’ Union since 1990 and secretary general of the Romanian PEN-Club Centre (2006–2016; member of the board and member of the Honour Committee together with the poets Ana Blandiana și Constantin Abăluță).
Selections from her poetry and essays have been translated into English, French, Italian, German, Hungarian, Slovak, Turkish, Serbian, Scottish Gaelic, Macedonian, Albanian. She is present in various anthologies and collective books edited in Romania and abroad. She has participated in many national and international literary manifestations and received numerous awards in the country as well as abroad.
She is a regular contributor to the major Romanian literary magazines and to the foreign publications and she is the author of 22 published books, among which 15 are poetry collections: Calm Equation, Mornings of Thought, Jacob’s Ladder, Roman Night, Mathematical Fire, A Tiger’s Confessor (The Romanian Writersʼ Union Poetry Award, the branch in Timișoara, 1999), The Army of Little Beings (anthology in bilingual edition, Romanian and English) and The Honey Night (in bilingual edition, Romanian and French). She has also published five collections of essays and literary criticism and two translations.