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Latin Quarter by Flavia Cosma

Praise for The Latin Quarter
The Latin Quarter is an extraordinary book by a mature poet who has cultivated a unique lexicon. Flavia Cosma’s imagery is inventive and immensely pleasing, even at times reminiscent of Lorca, Neruda, Ritsos and Mistral. Hers is a supreme accomplishment by a poet who is certain to increase her international readership with this book that has already been published in Romanian, Spanish, French, and, now, in English.
—Alan Britt
Flavia Cosma has discovered a nexus. You recognize yourself in Cosma’s poetry—at first with surprise, then with bafflement, later with a conviction that you have gained a secret wisdom.
—Luis Benitez
The poetry of Flavia Cosma acts upon the reader like a sensual and mystical alchemy. She seduces us in the fullest meaning of the term. Flavia whispers in our ear forgotten words that cradled our childhood, hums enchanted nursery tales. The Latin Quarter is a stunning earthly festival where fairies and imps flirt in the forest, where sea and sky meld in ceremony with radiant souls. Love and death, longing for a loved one too soon departed, transcendence, recurring themes in her work, saturate Flavia’s poetry. May the reader fall in love with this collection in which the poet gives herself wholly.
—Denis Emorine,


Flavia Cosma is an award-winning Romanian-born Canadian poet, author and translator. She has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. Later she studied Drama at the Community School of Arts—Bucharest, Romania. She is also an award-winning independent television documentary producer, director, and writer, and has published twenty-seven books of poetry, a novel, a travel memoir and five books for children. Her work has been represented in numerous anthologies in various countries and languages, and her book 47 Poems (Texas Tech University Press) received the ALTA Richard Wilbur Poetry in Translation Prize.
Cosma was nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize with poems from Leaves of a Diary (2006), The Season of Love (2008) and Thus Spoke the Sea (2008).
Flavia Cosma was awarded Third Prize in the 2007 John Dryden Translation Competition, for co-translating In The Arms of The Father, poems by Flavia Cosma (British Comparative Literature Association & British Literary Translation Centre).
Cosma’s Songs at the Aegean Sea made the Short List in the Canadian Aid Literary Awards Contest, Dec. 2007. Her translation into Romanian of Burning Poems by George Elliott Clarke was published in Romania in 2006. Her translation from Spanish into Romanian of work by the Argentinean poet Luis Raul Calvo was published in 2009 under the title Nimic Pentru Aici, Nimic Pentru Dincolo. Her translation into Romanian of work by the USA poet Gloria Mindock was published in 2010 under the title La Porţile Raiului. Her translation into English of Profane Uncertainties by the Argentinean poet Luis Raul Calvo was published by Cervena Barva Press in 2010. Her translation into Romanian of Lettres à Saïda by the French poet Denis Emorine was published in Romania under the title Scrisori pentru Saïda in 2012.
Her translation into Romanian of work by the Peruvian poet Jose Guillermo Vargas was published in 2012 under the title Oboseala centaurului/El cansacio del centauro. Flavia translated Manhattan Song—cinci poeme occidentale (Ars Longa, 2013), by Luis Benitez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Sans nom/Fără nume (Ars Longa, 2013), by Patricia Tenorio, Recife, Brasil.
Cosma’s poetry book Leaves of a Diary was studied at the University of Toronto E. J. Pratt Canadian Literature during the school year 2007–2008. Her poetry book, Thus Spoke the Sea, was taught during the spring 2014 semester by Professor Alan Britt at Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Flavia Cosma received the Title of Excellence for outstanding contribution in the promotion and enrichment of the Romanian culture within the European region and throughout the world, awarded by The International Festival “Lucian Blaga,” XXIX edition, Sebeş-Alba, Romania, 2009.
Flavia was decorated with the Golden Medal and was appointed Honorary Member by the Casa del Poeta Peruano, Lima, Peru, 2010, for her poetry and her work as an international cultural promoter.
Flavia Cosma is the Director of the International Writers’ and Artists’ Residence at Val-David, Quebec, Canada (, and the Director of the Biannual International Festivals at Val-David.
Flavia Cosma is the International Editor for Červená Barva Press, Somerville, MA, USA.


Latin Quarter
by Flavia Cosma
$14.95, paperback, 94pp
ISBN-13:  978-1-941196-21-2


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