Mircea Petean - poet. Also publisher. Born on February 2nd 1952 at Jucu de Jos (Cluj), he is the son of Stefan and Maria Petean, peasents. He graduated from the Faculty of Letters (Romanian-French) of “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj Napoca. He made his debut as a poet in “Echinox” literary review in Cluj Napoca in 1974.
His first book was the volume of poetry A Mountain, A Day / Un munte, o zi (Dacia, 1981). He contributed poetry, prose and articles to the following literary reviews: “Echinox”, “Tribuna”, “Steaua”, “Apostrof, “Familia”, “Vineri”, “Romania literara”, “Viata Romaneasca”, “Convorbiri literare”, “Luceafarul”, “Albatros”, “Euphorion”, “Zburatorul”, and others.
After his first book, he published the following volumes of poetry: The Jucu Nobil Book / Cartea de la Jucu N
obil (Dacia, 1990), Changes Have Been Done / S-au produs modificari (Dacia, 1991), Traveller by Profession / Calator de profesie (Albatros, 1992). Day after Day / Zi dupa zi (Euphorion, 1993), God, Let Me Rest! / Lasa-mi, Doamne, zabava! (Echinox, 1995), Beyond the Edge of the Edge / Dincolo de marginea marginii (EDP, 1996), Rains. Snows. Various / Ploi. Zapezi. Felurite (trilingual haikus, in Romanian. French, and English, Euro Tami Press, 1998). He also published Round the World in 50 Creative Games / Ocolul lumii in 50 de jocuri creative (Dacia, 1996). He was included in the following anthologies: Young Poets of a New Romania (Forest Books, London, 1991), Gefährliche Serpentinen. Rumänische Lyrik der Gegenwart (Galrev, Berlin, Germany, 1997), Transylvanian Voices (The Center for Romanian Studies, lasi, 1997). He received the “Aurel Dumitrascu” award (Piatra Neamt, 1990), the award for the best senryu (Slobozia, 1996), the award for the best book for children and youth (Cluj Napoca Book Fair, 1997). He travelled abroad to Germany, France, and Spain. At present, he is the owner and editor of the “Limes” publishing house in Cluj Napoca. He is a member of the Association of Professional Writers in Romania - ASPRO.
His work was reviewed by the following critics: Nicolae Manolescu - Three Debuts / Trei debuturi (“Romania literara”, 1981); loan Moldovan - The Anamorphoses of the Poetic Ego / Anamorfozele eului poetic (“Familia”, 1990); Al. Cistelecan - Other Memories of Childhood / Alte amintiri din copilarie (“Vatra”, no. 232/1990); Eugen Simion - Memory’s Cathedrals and Other Journeys / Catdralele memoriei si alte calatorii (“Literatorul”, no. 50/1992); Sanda Cordos -From “Song” to “Imprecation” / De la “cintec” la “imprecatie” (“Tribuna”, no. 16/1992); Radu G. Teposu (in The Tragic & Grotesque History of the Dark Literary Decade, the Nineth / Istoria tragica & grotesca a intunecatului deceniu literar noua, Eminescu, 1993); Gheorghe Perian - Mircea Petean (in Postmodern Romanian Writers / Scriitori romani postmoderni, EDP, 1996); Cornel Regman - Mircea Petean - “God, Let Me Rest!” / “Lasa-mi, Doamne, zabava!” (in From the “Literary Circle” to the “Writers of the ‘80s” / Dinspre “Cercul Literar” spre “optzecisti”. Cartea Romaneasca, 1997); Ion Pop - Poetry and Biography / Poezie si biografie (in Transparent Pages/ Pagini transparente, Dacia, 1997); Mircea Zaciu - Lyrical Retrospective / Retrospectiva lirica (in Far Away, Close/ Departe, aproape, EDP, 1998).