Ion Iovan was born in Gaesti, Dimbovita, on 9 May 1937. He attended the Matei Basarab Lycée in Pitesti (1955) and then the Law Faculty of Bucharest University (1957 61) and the School of Geology (1961 63). He published two collections of poetry with Cartea Romaneasca, The Afternoon of a Moment (1976) and Nature Reserve (1979), followed by three collections of prose : Special Commission (1981), Impromptu (1986), and The Last Winter (1991). The second edition of Special Commission was published in 1998. In 2002, he published Portrait of a Romanian Dandy, and in 2008 The Final Notes of Mateiu Caragiale, together with Unpublished Letters and an Index of Creatures, Things and Occurrences. He has been awarded the Writers Union Debut Prize, the Ziarul de Iasi National Prize for Prose, the Observator cultural Prize for Prose, and the Writers Union Special Prize.