Carmen Firan, Romanian born, is a poet, a fiction and a play writer. She has published in her native country twenty books of poetry, novels, essays and short stories. She is also the author of several plays and film scripts. Since 2000 she has been living in New York. Her writings appear in translation in many literary magazines and in various anthologies in France, Israel, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Canada, U K, and the USA.
Her recent books and publications in the United States of America include: Words & Flesh, Selected Works of Fiction & Essays, Talisman Publishers, 2008, The Second Life, (short stories) Columbia University Press, 2005, The Farce (a novel) Spuyten Duyvil, 2003, In The Most Beautiful Life (poems with photographs by Virginia Joffe), Umbrage Editions, New York, 2002, Afternoon With An Angel, poems, Pamphlet Series of Poetry New York, 2001, The First Moment After Death, poems, Writers Club Press, 2001; Accomplished Error, poems, 2000.
She also published many works in literary magazines, such as: ”Exquisite Corps” : A Journal of Life and Letters, "Brooklyn Rail", “Notre Dame Review”, “Ashville Review”, "Talisman", Richmond Review” "Hubbub", "Transcendental Friends", “Arshile”, “Free Verse”, “Literary Review”, Aspasia”, "East - European Quarterly”, Ars Interpress”, “Interpoezia”, “Literary Chaos”, “Barrow Street”, “Respiro”, etc.
She is a member of the editorial board of the international magazine Lettre Internationale and associate editor of Interpoezia magazine, New York. She is a member of the PEN American Center and The Poetry Society of America.
She translated from several American writers. She is the co-editor of Born in Utopia. An Anthology of Romanian Contemporary Poetry, Talisman Publishers, 2006, Naming the Nameless. An anthology of American Contemporary Poetry, Cartea Romaneasca Press, Bucharest, 2006, and Stranger at Home. American Contemporary Poetry, Numina Press, 2008.