Poet, playwright, novelist, and journalist, Matei Visniec, born January 29, 1956, in Romania, debuted as a poet in 1972. Later, in Bucharest, where he was a student of philosophy, he was among the founders of the Monday Literary Circle led by critic Nicolae Manolescu. His first book of poetry was a collection entitled La noapte va ninge (Tonight It Will Snow) (1980). Visniec is the author of five volumes of poetry, six novels, and more than fifty plays. Since 1987 he has lived in France where, from 1990 on, he has been a journalist at Radio France Internationale. After the fall of communism in Romania in 1989, Visniec’s work has been conducted between France and Romania, between two cultures and two languages, between West and East. His plays are now written in French, his poems and novels in Romanian. Visniec has won poetry prizes from the Romanian Writers Union and the Romanian Academy as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Romanian Theatre Union. In France he has won the Press Award of the international Avignon Theatre Festival several times, the European Prize of the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD), and the Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration (2016).