A CULTURAL CELEBRATION OF ROMANIA’S NATIONAL DAY
PHILADELPHIA—Calypso Editions is proud to team up with the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church to host a celebration of Romanian National Day. The event will take place on Saturday December 3, 2011, at 4:30 pm, in the Church's Festivity Hall (714 N American St. Philadelphia, PA 19123), featuring a talented group of Philadelphia based artists: the Philadelphia String Quartet, Romanian translator Adam Sorkin, and Romanian translator and poet Martin Woodside. In addition, the afternoon of Romanian music and poetry will be punctuated by a reception featuring appetizers and Romanian wine.
Adam J. Sorkin has translated more than forty books of contemporary Romanian literature, and his work has won the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom translation prize, among other awards. Sorkin’s recent books include A Path to the Sea by Liliana Ursu, translated by Ursu, Sorkin, and Tess Gallagher (Pleasure Boat Studios), and Ioan Flora’s Medea and Her War Machines, translated with Alina Cârâc (University of New Orleans Press), both 2011. Forthcoming from Talisman House Publishers is The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an anthology of contemporary Romanian poetry. Sorkin is Distinguished Professor of English, Penn State Brandywine.
Mark Strand writes:
”Liliana Ursu’s poems are like flowers at the the edge of the abyss. They are beautifully clear and precise, but behind them one glimpes the presence of an ineradicable dark.”
Martin Woodside is a poet, translator, and a founding member of Calypso Editions. His chapbook of poetry, Stationary Landscapes came out in 2009 (Pudding House), and his anthology of Romanian poetry, Of Gentle Wolves, came out earlier this year (Calypso). Martin’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Guernica, The Cimarron Review, The Hazmat Review, Brooklyn Rail, Poetry International, Poesis International, and qarrtsinluni. Martin spent 2009-10 on a Fulbright in Romania, studying Romanian poetry, and he’s currently a Presidential Fellow at Rutgers-Camden, pursuing a Ph.D. in Childhood Studies.
Ilya Kaminsky Writes:
“Woodside’s translations perform miracles. There is no other way to say this: the poems are alive, they breathe, they laugh and howl, they re-create our world again. This is an anthology to live with: a sample or two from such established authors such as the venerable elders Marin Sorescu and Ana Blandiana, to many new voices that are restless, ruthless, ravishing and utterly lyrical.”
The Philadelphia String Quartet (PSQ) is a member of American Federation of Musicians. Its artists provide the experience of many international awards and orchestras from numerous countries on both sides of the Atlantic. Educated at prestigious schools in Romania and the USA, the PSQ musicians—Mugurel Radu - violin, Lisa Sebastiani - violin, Mihaela Matei - viola, and Anamaria Achitei – cello—are among the finest young professional musicians in the Philadelphia area.
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