Ion Codrescu was born in Viisoara (Cobadin), Romania, in 1951. Education : B .A. - Department of Drawing - 1973, History of Art Department - 1982, Fine Arts Academy, Bucarest. His graphic works are in private and state collections in many countries. Although he had been writing haiku on and off over the years, he did not start publishing until 1992.

He has had poems, essays and articles published in 16 countries and 12 languages. In 1992 he founded the Constantza Haiku Society, ALBATROS journal and the Constantza International Haiku Festival. In 1993 he founded the Mamaia / Constantza National Haiku Conference.

Ion Codrescu is a member of the Romanian Writers' Association, Haiku Society of America, Haiku International Association, Renku Association of Japan, Accademia Internazionale "Greci-Marino", Accademia del Verbano, di Lettere, Arti, Science - Italy, World Haiku Association - USA and World Haiku Club - Great Britain.

He has been invited to deliver papers on haiku and to read his poems in Romania, France, Germany, Great Britain, the USA, Finland, Japan, Ireland and Spain.

Prizes: Museum of Haiku Literature Award (Tokyo), This is Yomiuri, Honourable Mentions and Excellence Award - Itoen Contest, Honourable Mention - Basho Contest, Constantza Haiku Society Award, First Prize, Special Prize - Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards, Grand Prize - Renku Contest (USA), Diploma of the Croatian Haiku Association, Sparrow Annual Award, Honourable Mention - Mainichi Daily News (Japan), Excellence A ward of the 24th IBC/IBI International Congress on Arts and Communication - Oxford (Great Britain) , Third Prize - First International Poetry Competition - Nis (Yugoslavia), Nagoya City Prize for Haiku (Japan), Kokushikan University Medal for Poetry (Tokyo), Third Prize - International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (Japan) and the Prize of the Romanian Writers' Association - Dobrogea Branch.

Publications include: Drawings among Haiku, Muntenia Press, 1992; Constantza Haiku Anthology, Muntenia Press, 1992; L'abricotier change de visage, Voix d'Encre Press, 1994, France; Round the Pond-An Anthology, Muntenia Press, 1994; Unsold Flowers, Hub Editions, 1995, Great Britain and A Foreign Guest, Ex Ponto Press, 1999.


Ion Codrescu
Str. Soveja Nr. 25
BI. V2. sc. B ap. 31
87000 Constanta