Mihai Dragolea - literary critic and essayist. Also journalist. Born on February 13 1955 in Petrosani (Hunedoara). Son of loan Dragolea (disabled during World War II. decorated twice), and of Florica Dragolea. both bank accountants. After graduating from a theoretical secondary school in his native town, he graduated from the Faculty of Letters of the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj Napoca.
In 1998 he passed his Ph. D. with a dissertation on “Fragmentary Literature”/ “Literatura fragmentara”. Between 1975-1980 he attended the “Echinox” literary circle of the “Echinox” literary review in Cluj Napoca.
He started his career with criticism in 1976 at the “Echinox” literary review. His debut in a book took places in 1992 with the essay Practicing Fiction / în e
xerciţiul ficţiunii (Dacia). He contributed critical texts, essays, fragments of novel and articles of opinion to the following literary reviews: “Echinox”, “Steaua”, “Tribuna”, “Familia”, “Vatra”, “Euphorion”, “Viaţa Romaneasca”, “Agora”, “Apostrof, and others. After his first book, he published the essay Fragmentary Literature -The Archives of Emptiness / Literatura fragmentara - Arhiva de goluri (Dacia. 1998).
In 1992 he received the award for essay at the National Book Fair in Cluj Napoca and the awards for the first published book of essays of the Writers’ Association in Cluj Napoca and of the Writers’ Union in Romania. He received several grants abroad at the BBC in London (1992): at RTU. Switzerland (1994 1995); in Basel (1997). At present, he is programme editor at the TVR Studio Cluj Napoca. He is a member of the Association of Professional Writers in Romania - ASPRO. His work was reviewed by critics, such as: Al. Cistelecan, Ion Simuţ, Ion Bogdan Lefter, Irina Petras, loan Milea, Ion Vlad, Livius Ciocarlie, Mircea Muthu, Mircea Martin, Cornel Ungureanu, Ion Negoiţescu, Gheorghe Craciun.
DRAGAN, Ioana. Prose writer. Also TV editor. Born on August 10th 1969 in Bucharest, she is the daughter of Mircea Dragan, professor at the Academy of Theatre and Film and a film director, and of Ioana Micaela Dragan, a movie actress. She graduated in 1993 from the Faculty of Letters (Romanian-French) of the University of Bucharest. She made her debut in print in 1991 in “Moftul roman” magazine. Her editorial debut took place in 1997. with the volume of short prose Beings and Women / Vietaţi si femei (Cartea Romaneasca & the Writers’ Association in Bucharest).
After her first book, she was present with two pieces of prose in the anthologies compiled by Dan Silviu Boerescu: Party with Ugly Women/ Chef cu femei urîte (ALL, 1997) and Subversive Loves / Iubiri subversive (ALL, 1997). In 1998 she obtained the award for prose debut of the Writers’ Union in Romania. She travelled to France (1986. 1996. 1998). Germany (1991. 1996. 1998). and Turkey (1995, 1998). At present, the author is an editor of cultural programmes of TVR, the Romanian national TV station.
She is a member of the Writers’ Union in Romania. Several authors wrote critical assessments of her work, such as: Gabriel Dimisianu, Cornel Regman, Dan Silviu Boerescu, Geo Vasile, Florin Banescu. Marian Barbu, and Constantin Dram.