Moonstone Poetry @ Brandywine Workshop
728 S. Broad Street.
Saturday April 5 – 7pm
Athanor & Other Pohems by Romanian poet Gellu Naum,
Translated & Performed by MARGENTO
and Martin Woodside
MARGENTO (Chris Tanasescu) is a poet, academic, translator, and poetry performer whose pen-name is also the name of his poetry/action painting/jazz-rock band. Chris has published four books of poetry in Romania, and, in 2012 released Nomadosofia / Nomadosopy, the first written record of his graph poem, an ongoing poetry project that features poets and writers from various parts of the world collaborating through the principles of mathematical graph theory and the spirit of the jam session. Chris splits his time between Europe, South-East Asia, and North America. His dynamic performances have won rave reviews, while MARGENTO has won a number of significant national and international awards.
Martin Woodside is a writer, translator, and a founding member of Calypso Editions. He’s published five books for children, a chapbook of poetry, Stationary Landscapes, and an anthology of Romanian poetry in translation, Of Gentle Wolves. His book of poetry, This River Goes Two Ways, is forthcoming in 2015. He spent 2009-10 on a Fulbright in Romania, studying contemporary Romanian poetry and is currently a David K. Sengstack Fellow at Rutgers-Camden.
Working together, Martin and Chris have co-translated Romanian poetry by a number of important poets, publishing this work in various journals including Asymptote, The Brooklyn Rail, Poetry International, and qarrtiluni. In 2013, they published Athanor & Other Pohems, collecting many of Romanian poet Gellu Naum’s poems in English for the first time.