Bowery Poetry is always looking to expand the global connections in poetry, so in partnership with some awesome poet/translators from across the world, Bowery Poetry is proud to be hosting, and presenting poets all the way from Bucharest, in a 4 x 4 Poet’s Exchange Program, while sending 4 of our best poets from this side of the world to theirs. Come thru for a night of poetry that you won’t find anywhere on this side of the world, or anytime soon.
This event is graciously co-hosted by The Romanian Cultural Institute and Romanian Museum of Literature.
Claudiu Komartin (1983, Bucharest) is a Romanian poet and translator, considered to be one of the most important Romanian poets of his generation. The first poetry book of Komartin, Păpușarul și alte insomnii, published in 2003, won the Mihai Eminescu National Prize. The second book, Circul domestic, won the Romanian Academy Poetry Prize. In 2010, he initiated The Max Blecher Publishing House, an editorial project aimed at promotion of contemporary Romanian literature, relatively less-known outside of the country, as well as bringing underground Romanian authors closer to the public and eventually integrating them into mainstream literature. Since 2010, Komartin is the editor-in-chief of Poesis international, a literary magazine. Svetlana Cârstean was born on February 18, 1969 in Botosani. She was a co-founder of the Central cenacle at the Faculty of Letters in Bucharest, for the first time she published the poem Floarea de vîrghie in her collective debut series Family Pictures (along with his colleagues). His work was awarded the Romanian PEN Award and “Matei Brâncoveanu” Prize and has been translated and published in German, Serbian, Turkish, and Bulgarian. Since 2009 he has been organizing regular readings and meetings, which brought to the fore around 300 contemporary writers from Romania and all around the world. Since 2010 he has been 5th editor-in-chief of the Poesis International Magazine and of Max Blecher Publishing House. Claudiu is the co-author of two plays and he translated ten books into Romanian.
Svetlana Cârstean published her first poems in 1994, in the collective volume Family Picture, together with T.O. Bobe, Răzvan Rădulescu, Sorin Gherguţ, and Cezar Paul-Bădescu. Her individual debut, Vise Flower (2008), was awarded several important national prizes (by the Romanian Writers’ Union, by Literary Romania Magazine, “Mihai Eminescu” Prize and Radio Romania Cultural Department Poetry Award). The volume was also published in Sweden in 2013, by Rámus Publishing House, translated by the Swedish poet Athena Farrokhzad. In 2015, Svetlana published the volume Gravity (Trei Publishing House), later translated and published in Norway. In April 2016, the volume Trado, co-written with Athena Farrokhzad, was launched in Sweden by Albert Bonnier and Rámus Publishing Houses. In June 2019, the volume is due in Polish translation as well. For five years, Svetlana has been coordinating her own poetry collection at Pandora M Publishing House, and since 2016, she has been the coordinator of a new poetry series, Vorpal, at Nemira Publishing House. In 2015-2016, as a cultural manager, she was part of the curatorial team in charge with Bucharest’s proposal for the competition European Capital of Culture 2021. She has initiated and curates the “Wednesday Intersections”, a series of debates and conferences that takes place weekly at BRD Residence Scena9 and has reached its fourth season. Together with Ana Maria Sandu, she created the “Reading Incubator”, a workshop that encourages children and teenagers to read, write and exercise their critical thinking.
Andra Rotaru is a poet, cultural journalist and literary activist. Her 2005 debut collection Într-un pat sub cearșaful alb [In a Bed Under the White Sheets] garnered four national awards; it was followed by the poetry volumes Ținuturile sudului [Southern Lands] (2010) and Lemur (2013), the latter turned into a collaborative dance/video performance presented in the U.S. and across Europe. She is a the founder of the mixed-media and multilingual journal Crevice. She has initiated collaborations at the intersection of poetry and choreography; poetry, fiction, and video; and photography. Andra was awarded The Best Young Poet of Year Award at The Writers’ Gala in Bucharest (2013).
Adela Greceanu is a writer and journalist at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company, the Cultural Department. She debuted in 1997 with a poetry volume entitled Title of My Collection, which Preoccupies Me So Much… (Eminescu Publishing House) for which she won the “Cristian Popescu” Great Prize and the Prize of the Writer’s Society in Sibiu. There followed other poetry volumes such as Miss Quasi (Vinea, 2001), The Straight in the Heart Understanding (Paralela 45, 2004) and And the Words are a Province (Cartea Românească, 2014). For this last volume she received the Poetry Prize of the Cultural Observer Magazine and a nomination for The Best Book of the Year at the Romanian Book Industry Gala. In 2008, she published the novel entitled The Bride with Red Socks (Polirom Publishing House). In 2018, Adela won the French Boccaccio Prize for the short story But if. She has taken part in numerous literary festivals and events both in Romania and abroad. Fragments of her books were translated in German, English, Swedish, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian, and Bulgarian among others.