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Helene Cardona

Author's Bio

HÉLÈNE CARDONA is the author of Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry), winner of the Pinnacle Book Award and the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Award in Poetry; The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press, 2006); and Life in Suspension, forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2016. Ce que nous portons (Éditions du Cygne), her translation of What We Carry by Dorianne Laux, came out in September 2014. She also translated Beyond Elsewhere by Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac. Hélène holds a Master's in American Literature from the Sorbonne, taught at Hamilton College & Loyola Marymount University, and received fellowships from the Goethe-Institut & Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. She is Chief Executive Editor of Dublin Poetry Review and Levure Littéraire, and Managing Editor of Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics. Acting credits include Chocolat, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Muppets Most Wanted, The Muppets, World War Z, Mumford, and Happy Feet 2. For Serendipity, she co-wrote with Peter Chelsom and Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang. She also writes children stories and co-wrote with John FitzGerald the screenplay Primate, based on his novel. Hélène translated the Lawrence Bridges film Muse of Fire for the NEA, the poetry of her father José Manuel Cardona, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand, and Jean-Claude Renard into English. Born in Paris and raised all over Europe, she has lived in Switzerland, France, England, Wales, Monaco, Germany, Spain and the United States.

Publications and Prizes

Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2016), Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2013), The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press, 2006)
Dead and Undead Poems: Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires and Devils (Random House, 2015), Fathers and What Must Be Said (Rebel Books, 2015), Rubicon: Words and Art inspired by Oscar Wilde's Profundis (Sybaritic Press, 2015), Van Gogh's Ear - Volume 9 (The Original Van Gogh's Ear) (French Connection Press, 2015), Beyond the Lyric Moment (Tebot Bach, 2014), Love's Peripeteias (The New Visionary Press Cooperative, 2014), Near Kin: Words and Art Inspired by Octavia E. Butler (Sybaritic Press, 2014), Read Women: An Anthology (Locked Horn Press, 2014), Thrush Poetry Journal: an Anthology of the first two years (Thrush Press, 2014), Wide Awake (Beyond Baroque, 2014), World Poetry Yearbook 2013 (The Earth Culture Press, 2014), For Rhino in a Shrinking World (The Poets Printery, 2013), From the Four Chambered Heart: In tribute to Anais Nin (Sybaritic Press, 2013), Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2011), Illuminations: Expressions of the Spiritual Experience (Celestial Arts) (Celestial Arts Publishing, 2006)
Askew Poetry, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, California State Poetry Quarterly, DoveTales, Dublin Poetry Review, Dublin Review of Books, East West: A Poetry Annual, Edgar Allan Poet, from the fishouse, Fulcrum, Levure Litteraire, Mad Hatters' Review, MadHat Lit, Maintenant, Mediterranean Poetry, Mythic Passages, One, Periodico de Poesia, Pirene's Fountain, Plume, Poetic Diversity, Poetry International, qarrtsiluni, Saint Julian Press, Salzburg Poetry Review, Speechless the Magazine, Spillway, The Blue Max Review, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, The Irish Literary Times, The Lascaux Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, The Passionate Transitory, The Toronto Quarterly, The Warwick Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, Truck, Washington Square, Waxwing Literary Journal, World Literature Today, Writer's Digest
FELLOWSHIPS from the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and the Goethe-Institut. Full scholarship, Hamilton College. DREAMING MY ANIMAL SELVES: PINNACLE BOOK AWARD for Best Bilingual Poetry Book & READER'S FAVORITE AWARD IN POETRY; Finalist for the 2013 Julie Suk Award; Honorable Mentions: London Book Festival and Great Midwest Book Prize. 2015 Poiesis Award of Honor. Multiple-time PUSHCART and BEST OF THE NET nominee. 2014 Arroyo Arts Collective Poetry in the Windows VI Winner. 2013 W.D. Gwawdodyn Finalist. EDITOR’S CHOICE: The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Issue XVI, July 2012. 2014 Rabindranath Tagore Award Judge. The Astonished Universe was published thanks to a grant from the French Cultural Services. Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for Helene Cardona's contribution towards the preservation of Indigenous Culture and Humanity. Member of the National Foreign Language Honor Society.

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Upcoming Readings and Workshops

  • April 9, 2015
    Minneapolis Convention Center (Panel)
    Minneapolis, MN

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