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Helene Cardona

Author's Bio

HÉLÈNE CARDONA is a poet, actor, literary translator and dream analyst. She attended Hamilton College, New York, where she also taught French and Spanish, and the Sorbonne, where she wrote her thesis on Henry James for her Master's in American Literature. She also wrote children stories and co-wrote with John FitzGerald the screenplay Primate, based on his novel. She worked as a translator for the Canadian Embassy and taught at the Ecole Bilingue, Paris, and LMU, Los Angeles. She studied English Philology in Cambridge, England; Spanish at the International University Menéndez Pelayo and the University of Andalucía, Spain; and German at the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany, and received fellowships from the Geoethe-Institut and the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. Hélène translated the Lawrence Bridges film Muse of Fire for the NEA and What We Carry by Dorianne Laux into French, and the poetry of her father José Manuel Cardona, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand, and Jean-Claude Renard into English. Acting credits include Chocolat, Muppets Most Wanted, Mumford, Happy Feet 2, and many more. For Serendipity she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang. Born in Paris and raised all over Europe, she has lived in Switzerland, France, England, Wales, Monaco, Germany, Spain and the United States. She is on the Editorial Board of the international literary magazine Levure Littéraire, guest editor of Life and Legends, and co-editor of Dublin Poetry Review: Éigse Átha Cliath.

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), 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), 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, Dublin Poetry Review, Dublin Review of Books, East West: A Poetry Annual, from the fishouse, Mad Hatters' Review, Maintenant, Mediterranean Poetry, Mythic Passages, One, Periodico de Poesia, Pirene's Fountain, Poetry International, qarrtsiluni, Saint Julian Press, Salzburg Poetry Review, Speechless the Magazine, Spillway, 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, 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: 2013 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Bilingual Poetry Book. Dreaming My Animal Selves: Finalist for the Readers' Favorite Book Award. Dreaming My Animal Selves: finalist for the Jacar Press 2013 Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book Published by an Independent Press. Dreaming My Animal Selves: Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival. Dreaming My Animal Selves: Honorable Mention at the Great Midwest Book Prize. Strength: 2014 Pushcart Nomination (published in the anthology "From the Four-Chambered Heart: In Tribute to Anais Nin" ) Woodwork/Un trabajo de orfebre: 2014 Arroyo Arts Collective Poetry in the Windows VI winner. From the Heart With Grace: 2012 Pushcart Prize nomination. From the Heart With Grace: Best of the Net 2012 nomination. Alchemical Gardens I’ve Planted: 2013 W.D. GWAWDODYN form challenge Finalist. The Enchanting Verses Editor's Choice winner, Issue XVI July 2012. Parallel Keys: Editor’s Choice, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. Quiescent Infinite: Best of the Net 2012 nomination by The Lascaux Review. "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's contribution towards the preservation of Indigenous Culture and Humanity. Member of the National Foreign Language Honor Society.

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