Nichita Danilov is a poet and prose writer. He was born in 1952 in Suceava county. He attended an architecture vocational school (1971-1973) and became a student at the Faculty of Economic Sciences in Iași (1974-1978). In the ’80s he worked as a proofreader, and then as an editor, at at “Convorbiri literare” review. In 1993, he became the secretary of “Vasile Alecsandri” National Theatre in Iași. After 1996 he began his career in diplomacy. He worked as a diplomat, in charge with the cultural affairs of the Romanian Embassy in the Republic of Moldova. Since 2013, he has been the deputy director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Chișinău. Cartesian Wells is Danilov’s debut poetry volume (Junimea, 1980). Other published volumes (selection): Black Field (poems, Cartea Românească, 1982); Harlequins at the Edge of the Field (poems, Cartea Românească, 1985); Above Things, Nothingness (poems, Cartea Românească, 1990); The Rag Ear (prose and pamphlets, Boema, 1993); Cardboard Apocalypse (essays, Institutul European, 1993); The Blind Groom (poems, Junimea, 1995); Hans’ Wife (prose, Moldova, 1996); Nine Variations for Organ (author anthology, Polirom publishing house, 1999); Second-hand Souls (poems, Vinea, 2000); Soles (novel, Polirom, 2004); Maşa and the Alien (novel, Polirom, 2005); The Chastity Belt (poetry, Cartea Românească, 2007, awarded several national prizes); Images from Kanta Street (Tracus Arte, 2011 – awarded the poetry prize of “Observator cultural” magazine); Requiem for the Lost Country (Cartea Românească, 2016 – the Romanian Writers’ Union prize, Iași branch). He is a member of the Romanian Writers’ Union and of Romanian PEN Club. His poems have been translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Serbian, Russian, etc., by prominent literary translators.