Born in Budapest, on 27th August, 1959.
Reorganization of the literary and art periodical Jelenlét (Presence) in 1981. More than two years he was the chief editor of the periodical which was published by the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences and soon became a significant forum on the contemporary literature.
Graduated from Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences in 1986 (studied Hungarian Literature and Language-History).
After obtaining the degree he was an assistant at Gorkii State Library for a short time, then he has been working as professional writer.
In what follows is the resume of András Petőcz poet, winner of the József Attila literary prize, and lecturer at the Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences:
I was born in Budapest, on 27th August, 1959. My literary activities started with the reorganization of the literary and art periodical Jelenlét (Presence) in 1981, when I was 22 years old. For more than two years I was the chief editor of the periodical which was published by the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences and soon became a significant forum on the contemporary literature. At this time my poems and reviews were published in country-wide periodicals. I became widely known by writing in the anthology Ver/s/ziók in 1982. I was an active member of József Attila Circle at that time.
In 1984 two books of poems were published and I was appreciated in the Hungarian literary life. I graduated from Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences in 1986 (studied Hungarian Literature and Language–History). After obtaining the degree I was an assistant at Gorkii State Library for a short time, then I have been working as professional writer. By that time I had been the member of almost every significant literary and art association, e.g. Hungarian Writers Association, Art Association, and József Attila Circle. Since then I joined the Hungarian Journalist Association, the Belletrist Society, I am the member of the presidency of the CET Literary Society and the leader of the Medium-Art Studio Literary and Art Association.
My activities in Hungarian literature were awarded the Kassák Literary Prize, and in 1990 Graves Prize for best Hungarian poem of the year, and József Attila Prize in 1996. I edited several anthologies and published 14 books. From 1989 to its ceasing I was the editor of the periodical Új Írás (New Writing). Between 1989 and 1992 I was an editor of Magyar Műhely (Hungarian Workshop), the literary periodical which came to Hungary from Paris. My graphics and visual poetic works have been performed in several individual and collective exhibitions. I have taken part in more international literary and art festivals, e.g. in Paris (1986), in Tarascon (France, 1988), in Marseille (1995).
I have been made acquaintances with French culture since 1980, when I became the assistant of the periodical Magyar Műhely (Hungarian Workshop). Due to literary grants I traveled to France several times and translated to Hungarian the poems of young French writers. The anthology A látogatás (The visiting) was published in 1995. I summarized my experiences of my travelling in France in the essays of the book Idegenként, Európában (As a stranger in Europe) /1997/.
I have been working as a university and college lecturer for seven years. I taught at the ELTE Teachers’ Training College for years. I have been holding compulsory and alternative seminars about Hungarian and world literature in the 20th century at the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences. As a part of my activities at the university since 1986 I have been the chief editor of periodical Jelenlét (Presence).
I have participated in Iowa (USA) in the International Writing Program in 1998 for three months and have been in YADDO Art Center in Saratoga Springs (USA) in 2001 for a month to write.
In 2002 I have moved to Lille for four years, I was there until 2006 with my family and contributed to the work of the French journal and literary circle entitled Hauteurs. In January 2007 I went to the CAMAC ART CENTER for three months.