The Literary Magazine of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Carmen Bugan, a George Orwell Prize Fellow, is the author of six poetry collections, a memoir, and a critical study. Time Being, her collection of poems about the pandemic, was published in 2022. Her new and selected poems, Lilies from America, was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, won the Bread Loaf Conference Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction, and was a finalist in the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her monograph on Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile, and her book of essays, Poetry and the Language of Oppression: Essays on Politics and Poetics are widely praised. She has a doctorate in English literature from Balliol College, Oxford University, UK. Bugan, who was the 2018 Helen DeRoy Professor in Honors at the University of Michigan, lectures at universities, international book fairs and conferences, and has been a guest on current affairs and history programs on the BBC, ABC, NPR, The Foreign Desk. She is currently an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University.