Ionut Chiva was born on 24 September 1978. He graduated from Bucharest University with a Degree in Literature. He has published poetry and prose in countless literary magazines, including Vatra, Fracturi, Ziua Literara, Romania literara, Paradigma, and Luceafarul. Polirom published his first novel, 69, in 2004. The novel gave rise to extensive debate in the Romanian cultural press. In 2011 he published a collection of poetry, The Dead Institution of the Post, which once again excited great interest within the Romanian literary world. In 2014, he returned to prose, with a collection of short stories titled Frightened Boddah (Polirom), which was nominated in the category of Best Book of the Year at the 2015 Romanian Book Industry Gala.