Aurel Pantea - poet. Also essayist. Born on March 10th 1952 in Chetani (Mures) in a family of Greek-Catholic peasants.
After graduating the secondary school in Ludus, he attended the Faculty of Letters at “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj Napoca, which he graduated in 1976. He started his literary activity as a member of “Echinox” literary circle in Cluj Napoca. Between 1975 and 1976 he was an editor of the same review.
He made his debut in print in “Gaudeamus” literary review (Oradea) with the poem called Rite / Rit (1969), but he considers that his real debut was a selection of poems published in 1972 in “Echinox” literary review. His first book was the volume of poetry The House of Rhetors / Casa cu retori (Albatros, 1980). He contributed poetry, essays and articles to the follow
ing literary reviews: “Amfiteatru”, “Echinox”, “Tribuna”, “Discobolul”, “Steaua”, “Vatra”, “Familia”, “Interval”, “Vineri”, “Poesis”, and others. His first book was followed by several volumes of poetry, as follows: The Afternoon Person / Persoana de dupa-amiaza (Dacia. 1983); In the Third Person / La persoana a Ill-a (Cartea Româneasca, 1992); Black on Black / Negru pe negru (Arhipelag, 1993); An Overwhelming Victory / O victorie covirsitoare (Paralela 45, 1999); Other Venices, Other Lagoons / Alte Venetii, alte lagune (Axa, 1999).
Some of his poems were published in the Anthology of the Poetry of the ‘80s Generation / Antologia poeziei generatiei ‘80 edited by Alexandru Musina (Vlasie, 1993), the Anthology of Romanian Poetry from Its Origins to the Present Time / Antologia poeziei române de la origini pina azi edited by Dumitru Chioaru and loan Radu Vacarescu (Paralela 45, 1998), and in Romanian Poets of the ‘80s and ‘90s edited by Andrei Bodiu, Romulus Bucur and Georgeta Moarcas (Paralela 45, 1999). He contributed a critical article to The Competition Continues. The ‘80s Generation in Literary Criticism / Competitia continua. Generatia ‘80 in texte teoretice edited by Gheorghe Craciun (Vlasie, 1994). Abroad some of his poems have been included in the anthology Gefährlische Serpentinen, Rumänische Lyrik der Gegenwart (Galrev, Berlin, Germany, 1998).
He was awarded the following-prizes: the poetry prize of “Poesis” literary review (1992); the “Book of the Year” Award at the National Book Fair in Cluj Napoca (1993); the poetry award of the Writers’ Association in Tirgu-Mures (1993); “Ovidiu Cotrus” Award of “Familia” literary review (Oradea, 1998).
He received a grant of Fondation pour une Entraide Intellectuelle Europeene in Paris, France. He was also granted a scholarship by “Centro Ezio Aletti” in Rome, Italy.
At present, the author is a lecturer at “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba-Iulia, and also editor of “Discobolul” (Alba-Iulia) and “Vatra” (Tirgu-Mures) literary reviews.
He is a member of the Writers’ Union in Romania and of the Association of Professional Writers in Romania - ASPRO. His work has been reviewed by several critics, as follows: Nicolae Manolescu (“România literara”, 1981); Ion Pop (“Steaua”, 1981); Laurentiu Ulici (“România literara”, 1983); Cristian Livescu (“Familia”, 1984); Radu G. Teposu (in The Tragic & Grotesque History of the Dark Literary Decade, the Ninth / Istoria tragica & grotesca a intunecatului deceniu literar noua, Eminescu, 1993); Virgil Podoaba (“Vatra”, 1993); Cornel Moraru (“Vatra”, 1993); Gheorghe Perian (in Postmodern Romanian Writers / Scriitori români postmoderni, EDP, 1996); Stefan Borbely (in Xenogrammes / Xenograme, Cogito. 1997); Al. Cistelecan - Aurel Pantea’s Poetry / Poezia lui Aurel Pantea (postface to Other Venices, Other Lagoons / Alte Venetii, alte lagune, Axa, 1999).