Claudiu Komartin (1983) is a poet, literary critic and translator. He has published three collections: Păpuşarul şi alte insomnia (The Puppeteer and Other Insomnia, 2003, 2007), Circul domestic (Domestic Circus, 2005), which was awarded The Romanian Academy Poetry Prize, and the recent Un anotimp în Berceni (A Season in Berceni, 2009). The German writer Jan Koneffke wrote about him: "He makes a synthesis, both sarcastic and full of hope, of the Romanian contemporary society". Claudiu Komartin has translated poetry and prose from French, English and Italian and is preparing a book of literary criticism. His poems have appeared in international anthologies and literary reviews and have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Serbian, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Hebrew and Korean.Read Claudiu's Word Express blog
'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.
Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.
At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.