Claudia Serea

Author's Bio

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet, editor, and translator who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies from the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, such as Field, New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Word Riot, Going Down Swinging, The Lake, Cutthroat, Apple Valley Review, Green Mountains Review, International Poetry Review, Ascent, Connotation Press, Harpur Palate, Contrary Magazine, Poets & Artists, and many others. A seven-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and a four-time nominee for Best of the Net, Serea is the author of the full-length poetry collections Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013), To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervená Barva Press, 2015) and Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, 2016). She also published the chapbooks The Russian Hat (White Knuckles Press, 2014), The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012), With the Strike of a Match (White Knuckles Press, 2011), and Eternity’s Orthography (Finishing Line Press, 2007). Together with Paul Doru Mugur and Adam J. Sorkin, Serea co-edited and co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman House Publishing, 2011). She also translated from the Romanian Adina Dabija’s Beautybeast (Northshore Press, Alaska, 2012). In 2012, Serea co-founded and she currently edits National Translation Month. Claudia Serea belongs to the poetry group The Red Wheelbarrow Poets and is one of the curators of the Williams Poetry Readings at the Williams Center in Rutherford, New Jersey. She writes on her commute between New Jersey and New York.

Publications and Prizes

A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky
(8th House Publishing, 2013)
, Angels & Beasts
(Phoenicia Publishing, 2012)
, Nothing Important Happened Today
(Broadstone Books, 2016)
, To Part Is to Die a Little
(Cervena Barva Press, 2015)
5 A.M., Ascent, Barnwood Poetry Journal, Blue Fifth Review, Bosphorus Art Project Quarterly, Breadcrumb Scabs, Conte, Contrary Magazine, Earth's Daughters, Field, Flutter Poetry Journal, Gargoyle Magazine, Going Down Swinging, Harpur Palate, International Poetry Review,, Literary Orphans, Main Street Rag, Mudfish, New Letters, New Verse News, Oberon, Ozone Park, Poetrybay, Poetryfish, Poets & Artists, Revista Respiro, Steel Toe Review, Tattoo Highway, Comstock Review, The Dirty Goat, The Fourth River, The Lake, The Prose-Poem Project, Third Wednesday, Truck, Word Riot, Yellow Medicine Review, zoland poetry
Eternity's Orthography
(Finishing Line Press, 2007)
, The System
(Cold Hub Press, 2012)
Prizes Won: 
-In 2015, Claudia Serea was featured in the documentary Poetry of Witness, alongside Carolyn Forché, Bruce Weigl, Duncan Wu, and others.- The Economist featured an interview with Claudia Serea in 2015 on its culture blog Prospero-2015 Charter Oak Award—Short-listed finalist for Best Historical for the poem The Dictionary-In 2014, the poems from the sequence My Father’s Quiet Friends in Prison, 1958-1962 were featured in several short videos: The Moon,, The Gruel,, The Blanket,, The Small Stone Award for Poetry Performance, Levure Littéraire (France)-2013 New Letters Readers Award for the poem My Father’s Quiet Friends in Prison, 1958-1962

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European American
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Adults, Children, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
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English, French, Romanian
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Last updated: Mar 15, 2017