Emil Hurezeanu - poet. Also essayist, journalist and political analyst. Born on August 26’ 1955 in Sibiu, he is the son of Ion Hurezeanu, an engineer, and of Paraschiva Hurezeanu (née Ocneanu), a teacher.
He is the nephew of late Ion Negoitescu, a famous Romanian literary critic and essayist. After graduating the secondary school in 1974, he studied law at Cluj Napoca (between 1975 and 1979) and political sciences in Vienna (Austria), Charlotesville (the USA), and Munchen (Germany). He won an M.A. degree in international relations and strategic-studies at the Boston University. In his student years, he was an editor of “Echinox” literary review in Cluj Napoca and a member of the group of young writers of the same review. He is a founding member of “Ars Amatoria” satirical gr
oup, and he performed several parts in theatrical shows.
He first appeared in print in 1975 in “Transilvania” literary review in Sibiu. His first book was The Anatomy Class / Lectia de anatomie, foreworded by poet Ştefan Aug. Doinaş (Dacia, 1979). Between 1975 and 1982 he contributed to many literary reviews and publications in Romania. Then he emigrated to Germany. After 1982, he continued to publish in literary reviews and publications in France, Germany, Yugoslavia and elsewhere.
Between 1983 and June 1994 he was an editor and then manager of the American “Radio Free Europe” in Miinchen. Later on he moved to “Deutsche Welle”, the German public radio station. After 1989, he could publish again in the Romanian press. During the ‘90s, he has frequently contributed to periodicals and TV programmes, mainly as a political analyst. He is a regular contributor to the weekly “22” and to the daily “Curentul”.
Also in the ‘90s, he published in Romania the following books: The Last, the First / Ultimele, primele (poetry, Dacia, 1994), Between Dog and Wolf. X-ray Photos of Transition / intre ciine şi lup. Radiografii ale tranzitiei (political essays, Biblioteca Apostrof, 1996), and The Black Box / Cutia neagra (interviews, 1997). Selections of his poems were published in the following anthologies: Poetry of the City / Poezia oraşului edited by Petre Stoica (1980); Anthology of Young Poets / Antologia poetilor tineri edited by George Alboiu (Cartea Româneasca, 1982); 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); Anthology of Romanian Poetry / Antologia poeziei româneşti culte edited by Florin Şindrilaru (Teora, 1998). He is present with an article in the anthology The Competition Continues. The ‘80s Generation in Literary Criticism / Competitia continua. Generatia ‘80 in texte teoretice compiled by Gheorghe Craciun (Vlasie, 1994).
He was awarded the following prizes: the prize of “Tribuna” literary review (1978); the first prize for poetry of the National Student’s Festival in Piteşti (1978); “Amfiteatru” literary review award (1979); the prize for a first publication of the Writers’ Union in Romania (1980). Between 1982-1983 he was granted a “Herder” scholarship in Vienna.
At present, the author is manager of the Romanian Department of “Deutsche Welle” in Koln. He is a member of the Writers’ Union in Romania. Critical assessments of his work were formulated by Ştefan Aug. Doinaş (foreword to The Anatomy Class / Lectia de anatomie, Dacia, 1979), Nicolae Manolescu (“România literara”, no. 4/1980), Gheorghe Grigurcu - Emil Hurezeanu (in the Dictionary of Romanian Writers, vol. II / Dictionarul Scriitorilor Români, vol. II, edited by Mircea Zaciu, Marian Papahagi. Aurel Sasu, Fundatia Culturala Româna. 1998); 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); Cornel Regman (in From the “Literary Circle” to the “Writers of the ‘80s” / Dinspre “Cercul literar” spre “Optzecişti”. Cartea Româneasca. 1997); Ştefan Borbély - Poetic Recoveries / Recuperari poetice (in Xenogrammes / Xenograme. Cogito. 1997).