Panelist, Andrei Codrescu
Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Romania in 1946. Since emigrating to the U.S. in 1966 he has published fiction, memoirs, poetry, and essays. He is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, and has written and starred in the Peabody Award-winning movie Road Scholar. In 1989 he returned to his home country to cover the collapse of communism for NPR and ABC's Nightline. The book describing these experiences was The Hole in the Flag (Morrow) which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His novel, The Blood Countess (Simon and Schuster, 1995), was a national best-seller.
He has made national appearances on NPR's All Things Considered, Nightline with Ted Koppel, The Today Show, The David Letterman Show, The Charlie Rose Show, and CNN International Hour. His writing has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, Playboy Magazine, and The New York Times.
Codrescu is the winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for poetry, editing, and radio; the General Electric Foundation Poetry Prize; the Peabody Award for the PBS version of Road Scholar; and the ACLU Freedom of Speech Award, 1995.
He teaches writing at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and edits Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Letters and Life. He lives in New Orleans.
His latest books, now available in bookstores, are:
The Dog with the Chip in His Neck: Essays from NPR and Elsewhere (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996)
Alien Candor: Selected Poems. 1970-1996 (Santa Rosa; Black Sparrow Press, 1996)
His latest novels are Messiah, (1999) and Casanova in Bohemia