Liviu Antonesei (born 1953) is a professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the Al. I. Cuza University of Iași; he is a member of the Romanian al PEN Club and ASPRO (The Association of Professional Writers); he is the founder and president of the cultural magazine Timpul (The Time).
His literary debut took place in 1988 with Semnele timpului (Signs of the Time). Other works: Pharmakon (poetry, 1989), Căutarea căutării (The Search of Searches, poetry, 1990), 1990. Vremea în schimbare (1990. Times in a State of Change; interviews, 1995), Apariția Eonei și celelalte poeme de dragoste culese din Arborele Gnozei (The Appearance of Eona and the Other Love Poems Picked from the Tree of Gnosis; 1999), Nautilus. Structuri, momente și modele în cultura interbelică (Nautilus. Structures, Moments and Models in Inter-War Culture; 1999; second edition 2007), Despre dragoste. Anatomia unui sentiment (About Love. The Anatomy of A Sentiment, 2000; e-edition 2005; second edition 2010), Check Point Charlie. Șapte povestiri fără a mai socoti și prefața (Check Point Charlie. Seven Stories, without Counting the Foreword, 2003), La Morrison Hotel. Povestiri de pînă azi (At the Morrison Hotel. Stories until Nowadays; 2007).
At Polirom publishing house he also published: Jurnal din anii ciumei: 1987-1989. Încercări de psihologie spontană (Journal from the Years of the Plague: 1987-1989. Attempts at Spontaneous Psychology, 1995), Paideia. Fundamentele culturale ale educației (Paideia. Cultural Fundaments of Education, 1996), O prostie a lui Platon. Intelectualii și politica (Plato's Foolishness. Intellectuals and Politics, 1997), Literatura, ce poveste! Un diptic și cîteva linkuri in rețeaua literaturii (Literature - What a Story! A Diptych and Some Links in the Network of Literature, 2004), Polis și Paideia. Șapte studii despre educație, cultură și politici educative (Polis and Paideia. Seven Studies on Education, Culture and Educational Policies, 2005). In 2013, Liviu Antonesei published a new volume of poetry, Un taur în Vitrina de piatră (A Bull in the Stone Display).
His most recent short-story collection at Polirom in 2011 is Victimele inocente și colaterale ale unui sângeros război cu Rusia (2011). This collection will be translated and published into English by Profusion as The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia which, in the end, did not take place, as part of the Profusion Gold Series which will be launched in 2014.
Always a busy promoter of culture and education, Liviu is also active as the editorial director of Adenium publishing house and the President of the Festival of Books and Authors for Children and Young Adults in Iași. He is also one of the firmest friends, as well as a most trusted advisor of the Romanian Film Festival in London.