Carmen Bugan (RC 1996) shares several recent talks and posts:
On Vimeo, she reads the poem “Visiting The Country Of My Birth,” commended in the 2010 National Poetry Competition, plus a more recent poem as part of the “Then and Now” series.
From the “Cold War Conversations” site, she describes “a childhood under the eye of the secret police.” In 1983, when she was 12, she returned from school in Bucharest to find secret police in her living room.
From the University of Oxford’s Oxford Centre for Writing, Carmen discusses working with Cold War surveillance family archives to better understand Cold War surveillance of her mother, who was under arrest in the infectious ward of a children’s hospital. She says she “found myself asking deeper questions about what constitutes literary language.”
Carmen was born in Romania and emigrated to the United States in 1989. After U-M she earned an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University, and a MA and PhD (English Literature) from Oxford University, UK. Her poetry collections include Crossing the Carpathians (2004), The House of Straw (2014), Releasing the Porcelain Birds (2016) and Lilies from America: New and Selected Poems (2019). She has also published a memoir, Burying the Typewriter (2012), and Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile (2013).A book of essays, Poetry and the Language of Oppression, will be published in March 2021 by Oxford University Press. She teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC and lives in Long Island.