Apr 14, 2014

ELENA VLADAREANU--My Writing Process--Blog Tour

Thanks to Iulia MIlitaru for inviting me to participate in this blog tour.  Her own response is available here.

What am I working on?

In these days I work for a performance based on one of my recent texts called Habemus bebe. It’s a text about motherhood and early childhood, a very fragmented text, like a written instalation. It will be a real show on a stage and I work with a director (Robert Bălan) and three actresses (Dana Voicu, Carmen Florescu, Lala Mişosniki).  It will be shown for the first time this late April.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

It’s a difficult question with impossible answers. I think the difference it’s a common artistic obsession for a lot of artists, everybody wants his voice to be unique and to bring something new in a field where everything has been already done. And sometimes he really feels beeing an innovator and maybe he really is an innovator. But the whole process of innovating, the continuum of testing the new and the borderlines of what we call art (poetry in our case) transform him or her from an artist in a real artist. In conclusion, I can’t say how does my work differ from others of its genre, but I must confess that I always try to push the limits of what we use to call poetry.

Why do I write what I do?

It makes me feel free. It’s my playground.

How does your writing process work?

I start getting obsessed with a theme and with a structure. I work on these two elements days and days, without writing anything in fact, but reading, cutting up fragments and audio and video files, building a personal archive. Then I start writing. 

                                                                                                         --Elena Vladareanu
Elena Vlădăreanu was born in 1981, in Medgidia (Constanţa). She studied Romanian and French Litterature at the University of Bucharest and Visual Studies at Image Studies Centre in Bucharest (CESI – Centrul de Excelenţă în Studiul Imaginii). She published her first collection in 2002, Pagini after an underground collection, din confesiunile distinsei doamne m. She published also: Fisuri (2003), Europa. Zece cântece funerare (2005), Spaţiu privat. A handbook (2009 with drawings by Dan Perjovschi). She published also poetry in several anthologies, like The Vanishing Point That Whistles. An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (2011, USA) or No Longer Poetry. New Romanian Poetry (2007, UK). She works as a radio journalists and presents every week a very short contemporary poetry programme for Romanian Cultural Radio, named Poezie şi atât (Poetry and Nothing Else). Some poems in English on her website: http://www.elenavladareanu.ro/Multimedia--and--texts.php

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