Octavian Soviany was born in Brasov on 23 April 1954. He studied Philology at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj (1975-79). He was awarded a Doctorate in Philology by Bucharest University in 2008. His first published work was The Apprenticeship of the Old Alchemist (Dacia, 1983). He has published numerous collections of poetry, including The Book of Benedict (Vinea, 2002), Other Old-fashioned Poems (Pontica, 2004), Letters from Arcadia (Paralela 45, 2005), Dilecta (Cartea Romaneasca, 2006), Powder, Dust and Revolution (Casa de Editura Max Blecher, 2012), and Magellan’s Heel (Cartea Romaneasca, 2014). He is also the author of the novels The Texts from Monte Negro (Pontica, 2003; second edition, with the new title The Monte Negro Archives, Cartea Romaneasca, 2012), and The Life of Kostas Venetis (Cartea Romaneasca, 2011; Polirom, 2013). He has published volumes of theatre and literary criticism. He is the recipient of numerous literary awards and prizes.