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Vasile Baghiu

Vasile Baghiu (born 1965, Borlesti, Neamt County) is a poet, prose writer, and essayist. He is a member of the Union of Romanian Writers and the Romanian PEN Club. A psychologist in the field of promoting healthy living, his experiences have had an impact on his writing, particularly the seven-year period when he worked in a tuberculosis sanatorium. The inventor of the poetic concept of “chimaerism”, he has published seven volumes of poetry (including The Taste of Alienation, 1994, The Manner, 1998, and Depression, 2012), a collection of short prose (Departure Point, 2004), two novels (The Hospice, 2006, which was awarded the Prize of the Jassy Union of Writers, and Plans in Life, 2012), as well as numerous literary reviews and essays in various journals. In 1998, he published Prisoner in the USSR, written by his father, Vasile Gh. Baghiu (1922-1974), in the 1950s after he returned from imprisonment in the Soviet Union. He has been awarded writer-in-residence grants in Germany, Austria, Scotland, and Switzerland. His work has been translated into a number of languages, and some of the poems he originally wrote in English have been published in magazines and anthologies in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and New Zealand.

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