Iulian Ciocan was born on 6 April 1968 in Kishinev, in the then Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldavia. He is a prose writer, journalist and literary critic. He graduated with a Degree in Philology from the Transylvania University, Brasov, Romania, in 1995. His novel Before Brezhnev Died was published by Polirom in 2007, and has been translated into Czech (Dybbuk, Prague, 2009). His novel The Realm of Sasha Kozak was published by Editura Tracus Arte in 2011, and has been translated into Slovak (Kalligram, Bratislava, 2015) and is due to be published in French (Belleville, Paris). A chapter from his second novel was included in the anthology Best European Fiction 2011, edited by Aleksandar Hemon (Dalkey Archive Press, 2011). In April 2011, he was invited to take part in the PEN World Voices festival in New York. He has worked as a radio commentator for Free Europe in Chisinau since 1998. His prose has been published in literary magazines in the United States, Belgium, Germany and Brazil. He has also written two volumes of literary criticism and published eight volumes of journalism. He is a member of PEN Club, Republic of Moldova.