translated from the Romanian by 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, winner of a number of significant national and international awards. He splits his time between Europe, South-East Asia, and North America, lecturing, performing, and assembling an international graph-poem, a communal work that poets from all over the world contribute to, following the principles of mathematical/internet graphs and the spirit of the jam session.
Martin Woodside is a writer, translator, and a founding member of Calypso Editions. He has published five books for children, a chapbook of poetry, Stationary Landscapes, and an anthology of Romanian poetry in translation, Of Gentle Wolves. He spent 2009-10 on a Fulbright Scholarship in Romania, studying contemporary Romanian poetry, and he is currently a David K. Sengstack Fellow at Rutgers-Camden.