Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Romania, on December 20, 1946, and immigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen.
He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including It Was Today (Coffee House Press, 2003), Alien Candor: Selected Poems 1970-1995 (Black Sparrow Press, 1996), Belligerence (Coffee House Press, 1993), and Comrade Past and Mister Present (Coffee House Press, 1991), as well as several works of fiction and nonfiction.
Codrescu serves as editor of the literary journal Exquisite Corpse and is a regular commentator on National Public Radio. His awards include the ACLU Freedom of Speech Award, Big Table Poetry Award, General Electric Foundation Poetry Prize, and Towson State University Literature Prize, as well as National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in poetry and editing.
Codrescu is the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University and currently resides in New Orleans.