Helene Cardona


Author's Bio

HÉLÈNE CARDONA is a poet, literary translator and actor. Her 7 books include Life in Suspension (2016), called “a vivid self-portrait as scholar, seer and muse” by John Ashbery, and Dreaming My Animal Selves (2013), described by David Mason as “liminal, mystical and other-worldly.” He adds, “this is a poet who writes in a rare light.” Her translations include Beyond Elsewhere (Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac, 2016), recipient of a Hemingway Grant; Ce que nous portons (Dorianne Laux, 2014); Birnam Wood (José Manuel Cardona, 2018); and Walt Whitman’s Civil War Writings for WhitmanWeb (2015). She has also translated Rimbaud, Baudelaire, René Depestre, Ernest Pépin, Aloysius Bertrand, Maram Al-Masri, Eric Sarner, Jean-Claude Renard, Nicolas Grenier, and Christiane Singer. Her work as been translated into 15 languages. She contributes essays to The London Magazine, co-edits Plume, Fulcrum, and Levure Littéraire, holds a Masters in American Literature from the Sorbonne, worked as a translator for the Canadian Embassy in Paris, and taught at Hamilton College & LMU. She is the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships from the Goethe-Institut & Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. She also writes children stories and co-wrote with John FitzGerald the screenplay Primate, based on his novel. Acting credits include Chocolat, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Muppets Most Wanted, Serendipity, Mumford, and Happy Feet 2. 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

Beyond Elsewhere
(White Pine Press, 2016)
, Birnam Wood
(Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2018)
, Dreaming My Animal Selves
(Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2013)
, Life in Suspension
(Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2016)
, The Astonished Universe
(Red Hen Press, 2006)
Beyond the Lyric Moment
(Tebot Bach, 2014)
, Dead and Undead Poems: Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires and Devils
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2015)
, Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology
(Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2011)
, Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry
(Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2016)
, Fathers and What Must Be Said
(Rebel Books, 2015)
, For Rhino in a Shrinking World
(The Poets Printery, 2013)
, From the Four Chambered Heart: In tribute to Anais Nin
(Sybaritic Press, 2013)
, Illuminations: Expressions of the Spiritual Experience (Celestial Arts)
(Celestial Arts Publishing, 2006)
, Intimacy: An Anthology
(Jacar Press, 2015)
, Love's Peripeteias
(New Visionary Press Cooperative, 2014)
, My Body, My Words: a collection of bodies
(Big Table Publishing Company, 2018)
, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse
(Lost Horse Press, 2017)
, Near Kin: Words and Art Inspired by Octavia E. Butler
(Sybaritic Press, 2014)
, Plume Interviews 1
(MadHat Press, 2017)
, Read Women: An Anthology
(Locked Horn Press, 2014)
, Red Sky | poetry on the global epidemic of violence against women
(Sable Books, 2016)
, Rubicon: Words and Art inspired by Oscar Wilde's Profundis
(Sybaritic Press, 2015)
, Spirit of the Horse: An Equine Anthology
(Finishing Line Press, 2015)
, The Million-Line Poem
(Tupelo Press, 2011)
, The Plume Anthology of Poetry
(Plume, 2014)
, The Plume Anthology of Poetry 3
(MadHat Press, 2014)
, The Plume Anthology of Poetry 4
(MadHat Press, 2016)
, The Plume Anthology of Poetry 5
(MadHat Press, 2017)
, The Plume Anthology of Poetry 6
(MadHat Press, 2018)
, Thrush Poetry Journal: an Anthology of the first two years
(Thrush Press, 2014)
, Van Gogh's Ear - Volume 9 (The Original Van Gogh's Ear)
(French Connection Press, 2015)
, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond
(Beyond Baroque, 2015)
, World Poetry Yearbook 2013
(Earth Culture Press, 2014)
Anomaly Literary Journal, Asian Signature, Askew Poetry, Asymptote, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, Blue Fifth Review, Brooklyn Rail, California State Poetry Quarterly, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Colorado Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, DoveTales, Drunken Boat, Dublin Poetry Review, Dublin Review of Books, East West: A Poetry Annual, Edgar Allan Poet, Exchanges, Fjords Review, from the fishouse, Fulcrum, Hayden's Ferry Review, JMWW, Knot Magazine, Levure Litteraire, Mad Hatters' Review, MadHat Lit, Maintenant, Mediterranean Poetry, Mythic Passages, National Translation Month, One, Periodico de Poesia, Pirene's Fountain, Plume, Poetic Diversity, Poetry International, qarrtsiluni, Saint Julian Press, Salzburg Poetry Review, Speechless the Magazine, Spillway, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, Taos Journal of Poetry & Art, Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, American Journal of Poetry, The Blue Max Review, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, The Irish Literary Times, Lascaux Review, London Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, The Mas Tequila Review, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, The Passionate Transitory, The Poetry Bus, The Toronto Quarterly, The Warwick Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, Truck, Washington Square Review, Waxwing, World Literature Today, Writer's Digest
Prizes Won: 
The 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry; The 2017 International Book Award in Poetry; Two Pinnacle Book Awards for Best Bilingual Poetry Book; The USA Best Book Award in Poetry. Two Readers' Favorite Book Awards in Poetry. The 2014 Poiesis Award of Honour.  Twice Finalist for the Julie Suk Award. Finalist for the Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry.                                                                                BEYOND ELSEWHERE was awarded a Hemingway Grant by the French Ministry of Culture, the Institut Français, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.                                                                           JUDGE: The 2017 Jacar Press Full Length Competition; The 2016 PEN Center USA Translation Award; The 2015 Writers' Digest Challenge; The 2014 Rabindranath Tagore Award.                                                           Editor’s Choice: The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Issue XVI;  W.D. Gwawdodyn Finalist; Multiple-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee.                                                                             Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles for contribution toward the preservation of Indigenous Culture and Humanity.                                                                                                                               National Foreign Language Honor Society Member.                                                                                          FELLOWSHIPS from the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía & the Goethe-Institut. Full scholarship, Hamilton College.

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European American
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Fluent in: 
English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish
Born in: 
Paris, France
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all over Europe
You listen to the silence drawn on the ashes of ancient sacrifices. —From "Low Altitude," (Life in Suspension)
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Last updated: Dec 29, 2018