Ion Deaconescu was born in Tirgu Logresti in the Gorj County, Romania. He graduated at the Faculty of Letters at the Bucharest University and earned his PhD at the Department for Linguistics and Foreign Literature. He has been teaching literature at the universities of Bucharest, Craiova, Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Skopje. Having made his debut as a poet in 1968, he is the author of many poetry collections, the latest being The Grace of Memories (2016), as well as of books of essays. He has won multiple international poetry awards. His poems have also appeared in book form in translation to Italian, Hungarian, Turkish, Macedonian, and Serbian. In addition, he is the author of many analytical studies, reviews, and theoretical essays published in many different countries. He is a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts from Salzburg, of the Academy of Science, Arts and Letters from Paris, and of the Academy of Science of Republic of Moldova. He is the President of the International Academy Mihai Eminescu and organizes the week-long World Poetry Festival Mihai Eminescu every year in Craiova, Romania.