Denisa Comănescu

Denisa Comănescu

Denisa Comănescu is a poet, translator and editor. She graduated from the Faculty of Philology at the University of Bucharest (Romanian-English department). She published her first poems in 1975 in “România literară” magazine. In 1978, she received the poetry award of “Luceafărul” magazine and she made her literary debut in 1979 with the volume The Expulsion from Paradise. Other poetry volumes published: Silver Knife (Eminescu, 1983); Wave Boat (Cartea Românească, 1987); The Trace of Fire (1999); Now the Biography from Then (Eminescu, 2000). After her studies, she chose a career in publishing. She was editor-in-chief and then editorial director at two important Romanian publishing houses, where she created successful book collections. Since 2007, she has been the general manager of Humanitas Fiction Publishing House in Bucharest, where she launched a personalized book collection, “Denisa’s Shelf”, dedicated to contemporary fiction. Between 1990 and 2004, she was the secretary of PEN Romania. She is a member of the Romanian Writers’ Union and of the board of the Irish-Romanian Cultural Foundation. In 2003 she was invited in the USA, at Iowa University, to take part in the “International Writers’ Programme”. In 2006 she was elected a member of the European Cultural Parliament. Her poems have been published in anthologies in more than 15 countries. Volumes of her poetry were translated in Swedish (Glädje utan försoning, Förlags ab Gondolin, Stehag, 1999, translation by Dan Shafran), and in Spanish, by Joaquin Garrigos (Regreso del exilio, AdamaRamada Ediciones, Madrid, 2008).

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