Crossing the Carpathians is a collection of poems about exile, family, and the survival of love. Carmen Bugan was born in Romania, and her book has its origins in her experiences during the 1980s, as a child of political dissidents and as an exile from her country. Written in America, Ireland, and England, her poems are about crossing countries and languages, recording loss and celebration, reconciling memories with dreams.
Dr. Carmen Bugan is the author of three poetry collections Releasing the Porcelain Birds (Shearsman, 2016), The House of Straw (Shearsman, 2014), Crossing the Carpathians (Oxford Poets/Carcanet, 2004), and On the Side of Forgetting/Sulla Soglia della Dimenticanza (Edizione Kolibris, 2015). She has also written the memoir Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police (Picador, UK/Graywolf, USA, 2012), and the critical study Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile (Legenda/MHRA, 2013). Her work has been widely anthologized and translated into Swedish, Polish, Italian and Romanian.She was a Hawthornden Fellow, a Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University, and is the recipient of a large individual grant from the Arts Council of England. She appears at book fairs and literary festivals worldwide.