Former GRCC student and onetime adjunct colleague Carmen Bugan has won the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize for her memoir of growing up in Ceaucescu’s Romania, living through years of tyranny and suffering after her dissident father drove to the central square in Bucharest and confronted the regime for the horrors it perpetrated. The story her family endured was both harrowing and heroic, and in this memoir, Burying the Typewriter, she finally has written it out for all to see.
Barely free of her homeland, Carmen spent two years at GRCC, later graduated summa cum laude from Michigan, achieved the highest honors ever given by the Poets’ House/Lancaster University, Ireland, for her MFA, and earned her DPhil (PhD) from Oxford University with high honors. Her first book of poems, Crossing the Carpathians, was highly acclaimed, and her second is in the works now, as is an volume of essays based on her doctoral thesis. Carmen has served as a book reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement (London), taught creative writing at Oxford, has lectured and read at Harvard and many other universities, and presently teaches at the University of Strasbourg. She and her husband Alex, a physicist who works on the CERN atom smasher, live near Geneva and are raising their two kids.
There will be a local book launch and reading from the book in September. Burying the Typewriter will be released by Graywolf Press in July, and is available for pre-order at Amazon.