Andrei Codrescu  

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Andrei Codrescu (born Andrei Perlmutter on December 20, 1946) is a Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio.



Born to a Jewish Romanian family in Sibiu, he published his first poems in Romanian language under the pen name Andrei Steiu. In 1965 he left the country to escape from the communist regime. After time in Italy, he emigrated to the United States in 1966, where he immediately sought out Allen Ginsberg and was part of the East Village art scene.

In 1981, Codrescu became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He is an editor of the online journal Exquisite Corpse, and is a MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He lives in New Orleans.

Codrescu's coverage of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 for National Public Radio was critically acclaimed. He was featured in the film Road Scholar which won a 1995 Peabody Award. He reigned as King of the Krewe du Vieux for the 2002 New Orleans Mardi Gras season.



  • The Life and Times of an Involuntary Genius, G. Braziller, 1975 (ISBN 0-8076-0773-8)
  • In America's Shoes, City Lights Publishers, 1983 (ISBN 0-87286-148-1)
  • A Craving for Swan, Ohio State University Press, 1986 (ISBN 0-8142-0415-5)
  • Raised by Puppets, Only to Be Killed by Research, Addison-Wesley, 1989 (ISBN 0-201-12183-2)
  • Disappearance of the Outside: A Manifesto for Escape, Addison-Wesley, 1990 (ISBN 0-201-12194-8)
  • The Hole in the Flag: A Romanian Exile's Story of Return and Revolution, William Morrow and Co., 1991 (ISBN 0-688-08805-8)
  • Road Scholar: Coast to Coast Late in the Century, co-authored with David Graham, Hyperion Books, 1993 (ISBN 1-56282-878-9)
  • The Muse Is Always Half-Dressed in New Orleans : and Other Essays, St. Martin's Press, 1993 (ISBN 0-312-09354-3)
  • Zombification: Stories from National Public Radio, St. Martin's Press, 1994, (ISBN 0-312-11107-X)
  • The Dog With the Chip in His Neck: Essays from NPR and Elsewhere, St. Martin's Press, 1996 (ISBN 0-614-95760-5)
  • Hail Babylon!: NPR's Road Scholar Goes in Search of the American City, St. Martin's Press, 1999 (ISBN 0-312-18107-8)
  • The Devil Never Sleeps: And Other Essays, St. Martin's Press, 2000 (ISBN 0-312-20294-6)
  • An Involuntary Genius in America's Shoes: (And What Happened Afterwards), Black Sparrow Books, 2001 (ISBN 1-57423-160-X)
  • Ay, Cuba: A Socio-Erotic Journey, co-authored with David Graham, St. Martin's Press, 2001 (ISBN 0-312-19831-0)

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