Viorel Muresan - poet. Also essayist. Born on April 1st 1953 in Vicea (Maramures), he is the son of Victor and Viorica Muresan, peasants.
After graduating from the secondary school in Cehu-Silvaniei (Salaj) in 1972, he attended the Faculty of Letters (Romanian-Russian) of “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj Napoca where he graduated in 1979.
He was a member of the literary circle of “Echinox” literary review in Cluj Napoca. He made his debut in print with poetry in “Amfiteatru” literary review in 1972. His first book was the volume of poetry Letters from the Clock Museum / Scrisori din muzeul pendulelor (Albatros, 1982). He contributed poems to the following literary reviews: “Echinox”, “Amfiteatru”, “Tribuna”, “Vatra”, “Familia”, “Steaua”, “Trans
ilvania”, “Luceafarul”, “Contrapunct”, “Apostrof, “Poesis”, “Calende”, “Euphorion”, “Discobolul”, “Excelsior”, “Cuvântul”, and “Unu”, as well as opinion articles to publications in Salaj county: “Silvana”, “Graiul Salajului”, and “Limes”.
After his first book, he published the following volumes of poetry: The Bone Library / Biblioteca de os (Dacia, 1991); The Stones of Nothingness / Pietrele nimicului (Dacia. 1995); The Frames of the North / Ramele nordului (Dacia, 1998). He was included in the Anthology of the Poetry of the ‘80s Generation / Antologia poeziei generatiei ‘80 edited by Alexandru Musina (Vlasie, 1993) and in Romanian Poets of the ‘80s and ‘90s edited by Andrei Bodiu, Romulus Bucur and Georgeta Moarcas (Paralela 45, 1999). He won the award for poetry of “Poesis” literary review (1995) and the “George Cosbuc” award of the Writers’ Union in Romania (Bistrita, 1998). In 1994 he obtained a Soros creation grant. At present, the author is a teacher of Romanian language and literature at School No. 2 in Jibou (Salaj). He is a member of the Writers’ Union in Romania and of the Association of Professional Writers in Romania - ASPRO.
Several authors have written critical assessments of his work, such as: Constanta Buzea - Viorel Muresan: “Letters from the Clocks Museum” / Viorel Muresan: “Scrisori din muzeul pendulelor” (“Amfiteatru”, May, 1982); Dan Cristea - Viorel Muresan (“Luceafarul”, no. 33/1982); N. Steinhardt - Present Indicative / Indicativ prezent (“Familia”, no. 2/1983); Al. Cistelecan - From the Museum to the Library / De la muzeu la biblioteca (“Euphorion”, no. 9-11/1991) and Hieratic Anxieties / Anxietati hieratizate (“Cuvântul”, no. 5/1995); Stefan Borbely - Letters to the Waxen Lady / Scrisori catre Doamna de Ceara (“România literara”, no. 51/1991); 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); Gheorghe Grigurcu - Refinement and Inadaptation / Rafinament si inadaptare (“Contemporanul”, no. 8/1993); Gheorghe Perian - Viorel Muresan (in Postmodern Romanian Writers / Scriitori români postmoderni, EDP, 1996); Ion Pop - “The Stones of Nothingness” / “Pietrele nimicului” (in Transparent Pages / Pagini transparente, Dacia, 1997), and others.