SIMONA POPESCU (b.1965, Codlea, Brașov county) is a poet, prose writer and essayist. She is currently teaching contemporary Romanian literature and creative writing at the University of Bucharest (Faculty of Letters). She published six volumes of poetry (Work in Green. My Plea for Poetry has been partly translated in French and German, and published in Luxembourg, 2008); a novel, Exuviae (now in its seventh edition, it was translated into Polish, Hungarian, French and Bulgarian); a collection of essays and two books of critifiction about the Romanian surrealist poet Gellu Naum. She co-ordinated the writing of the collective novel Rubik, authored by twenty-nine students. The first volume of her Collected Works and The Book of Plants and Animals (new poems) were published in 2021 (Nemira Publishing House). Her books have been awarded several prizes, and excerpts from them have been included in highschool textbooks. Her work was included in numerous anthologies published in Romania and abroad. She has taken part in international poetry festivals (Trois-Rivières/ Canada, Struga/ Macedonia, Genoa/ Italy, Medana/ Slovenia, Val-de-Marne/ France, Cap a l’Est/ Slovakia, etc.) and in literary readings (in Germany, France, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Austria, The Netherlands and elsewhere). In 2005 she was invited to represent Romanian literature as part of the Les Belles Étrangères event organised by the French Ministry of Culture. She is a member of PEN Club Romania and the Romanian Writers’ Union. She initiated and organizes the Gellu Naum Poetry Festival in Bucharest.