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Cristofovici's work, reflective of her multicultural experience, includes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translations and literary studies published in three languages in Europe and the United States. An important figure of her generation, her short fiction and poetry appeared in major Romanian literary journals such as Amfiteatru and Secolul 20 beginning in the mid 1970s (as Anca Voiculetiu); her work received two prizes for emerging writers.
Cristofovici introduced the Romanian poet and Nobel candidate Ana Blandiana to the English-speaking public with her translations in The Hour of Sand (1990). Cristofovici's literary translations have appeared in journals and anthologies in both England and the United States including in the TLS, The Independent, The Sunday Times and Poetry Review. Cristofovici’s fiction in English has been featured in American literary journals and her novel, Stela, is forthcoming from Ninebark Press in March 2015.
She has been an invited reader at numerous venues in the United States and Europe, including at Poetry International at Royal Festival Hall with Ana Blandiana and Joseph Brodsky. Her non-fiction publications include Touching Surfaces. Photographic Aesthetics, Temporality, Aging (2009), John Hawkes: l’enfant et le cannibale (1997), and she has edited The Art of Collaboration: Artists, Poets, Books (2015).
Cristofovici was born in Bucharest, Romania into a family originally from Transylvania. She is the daughter of molecular biology scholar Nicolae Voiculetz. Cristofovici graduated from the University of Bucharest in 1979 and began publishing in the 1970s. She defected from Romania in 1985. She holds a doctorate from Université Paris 7-Diderot, with an Habilitation from Université Lyon 2.
She previously taught at Duke University and was a Rockefeller Fellow at the University of Wisconsin under the direction of Kathleen Woodward. She is currently Professor of American Literature and Art at UCBN, France and Director of the Research Center for Memory Studies.
Honors, awards and residencies
2014: Ledig-Rowohlt Foundation Residency Programs, Château de Lavigny, Switzerland
2011: Terra Foundation for American Art Grant
2004: Villa Montnoir – Marguerite Yourcenar Residency for European writers, France
2002: Villa Montnoir – Marguerite Yourcenar Residency for European writers, France, laureate and resident
1998: Ledig-Rowohlt Foundation Residency Programs, Château de Lavigny, Switzerland
1996-1997: Rockefeller Fellowship
1985: British Council Grant
1985: British Academy Grant
- Stela. A Novel (Ninebark Press, 2015)
- The Art of Collaboration: Artists, Poets, Books (Victoria, Texas: Cuneiform Press, 2015), co-editor and contributor
- Touching Surfaces. Photographic Aesthetics, Temporality, Aging (Amsterdam/N.Y.: Rodopi, 2009)
- John Hawkes. L’enfant & le cannibale (Paris: Belin, 1997)
Translations of Romanian poetry into English
- Ana Blandiana, The Hour of Sand. Selected Poems (Anvil Press, 1990)
- The Spaces of Hope. Poetry for Our Times and Places, Peter Jay ed. (Anvil Press, 1998)
- I Wouldn’t Thank You for a Valentine: Poems for Young Feminists, Carol Ann Duffy ed. (Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co., 1997)
- Leading Contemporary Poets: An International Anthology Dasha Culic Nisula ed. (Western Michigan University Press, 1997)
Publications in Romanian
- Contributor of short fiction, poetry, essays and translations: Amfiteatru, Secolul 20, 1974–1985
- Viata Româneasca, România Literara, 1990–1991