Mariana Marin (1956-2003) was born in Bucharest and graduated from The Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest. She published the following collections of poems: Un razboi de o suta de ani (A Hundred Year War), 1981; Cinci (Five), a collective volume, 1982; Aripa secreta (The Secret Wing), 1986; Atelierele (The Workshops), 1991; Mutilarea artistului la tinerete (A Portrait of the Artist as a Mutilated Man), 1999; and Zestrea de aur (The Golden Heritage), 2002. Her works were translated into French, and she published poems in magazines and anthologies in Britain, Germany, the U.S., Sweden, Hungary, Russia, and Poland. She received the Romanian Writers Union Prize (1981 and 1999) and the ASPRO Prize (1999).
Julian Semilian is a poet, translator, novelist and filmmaker. He was born in Romania and currently teaches film editing at the North Carolina School of the Arts, after a twenty-four-year career as a film editor in Hollywood. His most recent translation is Paul Celan's Romanian Poems (Green Integer). His novel A Spy in Amnesia is out from Spuyten Duyvil. He is currently translating Mircea Cartarescu's Nostalgia for New Directions.