Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
Oana Avasilichioaei's work explores history, geography, public space, textual architecture, multilingualism, translation, and textual and collaborative performance.
Her first book of poetry, Abandon, wandered amid abandoned markets, voices, and forces in a forgotten corner of Eastern Europe, while her second collection, feria: a poempark, delved into the fissures and fractures of a public park. We, Beasts, steps through the beastfullness and foliage of language to compose debauched poetic tales about a child, a tyrant, and a wolfbat.
She has translated poetry of Nobel-nominated, Romanian poet Nichita Stănescu, published as Occupational Sickness, and of Quebecoise poet Louise Cotnoir, published as The Islands. She has collaborated with Erín Moure on Expeditions of a Chimæra, a dialogic work on authorial experiments and translational impossibilities.
Avasilichioaei has performed her work and given talks on poetics and translation at readings, conferences, and festivals in Canada, USA, Mexico, and Europe, and was the founder and curator of the Atwater Poetry Project reading series in Montreal from 2004 to 2009. In the fall of 2009, she was the Canada Council writer-in-residence at Green College, University of British Columbia.
While in Calgary, she explored a new body of work that crossed between performance, orality, and the book object, as well as expanded a poetry project inspired by her own field translation of the early Romanian works of Paul Celan.