Helene Cardona


Author's Bio

HÉLÈNE CARDONA is a poet, literary translator and actor, the recipient of numerous awards including a Hemingway Grant and the USA Best Book Award. Her books include the bilingual poetry collections LIFE IN SUSPENSION (Salmon Poetry), DREAMING MY ANIMAL SELVES (Salmon Poetry), THE ASTONISHED UNIVERSE (Red Hen Press); and the translations BEYOND ELSEWHERE (Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac, White Pine Press), CE QUE NOUS PORTONS (Dorianne Laux, Éditions du Cygne), THE BIRNAM WOOD (José Manuel Cardona, Salmon Poetry), and Walt Whitman’s CIVIL WAR WRITINGS for WhitmanWeb. 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. She contributes essays to The London Magazine, co-edits Plume and Fulcrum, holds a master’s in American Literature from the Sorbonne, received fellowships from the Goethe-Institut & Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, worked as a translator for the Canadian Embassy in Paris, taught at Hamilton College & LMU, and is co-producer of the documentary Pablo Neruda: The People's Poet. Publications include Washington Square Review, World Literature Today, Poetry International, Hayden's Ferry Review, Drunken Boat, Asymptote, The Irish Literary Times, Dublin Review of Books, The Warwick Review, Periódico de Poesía, Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review & elsewhere. She also writes children stories and co-wrote with John FitzGerald the screenplay Primate, based on his novel. Hélène had roles in CHOCOLAT, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Muppets Most Wanted, World War Z, Mumford, and Happy Feet 2. 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.

Publications and Prizes

Beyond Elsewhere
(White Pine Press, 2016)
, 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
(The New Visionary Press Cooperative, 2014)
, Near Kin: Words and Art Inspired by Octavia E. Butler
(Sybaritic Press, 2014)
, Plume Interviews
(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)
, 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
(The Earth Culture Press, 2014)
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, The American Journal of Poetry, The Blue Max Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, The Irish Literary Times, The Lascaux Review, The 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, Waxwing Literary Journal, World Literature Today, Writer's Digest
Prizes Won: 
LIFE IN SUSPENSION won the Pinnacle Book Award for Best Bilingual Poetry Book and the Readers' Favorite Book Award in Poetry; Finalist for the 2016 Julie Suk Award (best poetry collection from an independent literary press) and the Los Angeles Book Festival.                                                          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: 2016 PEN Center USA Translation Award; 2015 Writers' Digest Challenge; 2014 Rabindranath Tagore Award.                                                                                                                                                             DREAMING MY ANIMAL SELVES won the USA Best Book Award in Poetry, the Pinnacle Book Award for Best Bilingual Poetry Book, and the Reader's Favorite Book Award in Poetry. Finalist for the International Book Award, the Julie Suk Award in Poetry, the London, Amsterdam, Paris, and San Francisco Book Festivals, and Midwest Book Prize.                                                                                         2014 Poiesis Award of Honour.                                                                                                                            Multiple-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee.                                                                              W.D. Gwawdodyn Finalist.                                                                                                                              Editor’s Choice: The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Issue XVI, July 2012.                                     THE ASTONISHED UNIVERSE: French Cultural Services Grant.                                                                       Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for contribution towards 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, Spanish
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Paris, France
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all over Europe
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Last updated: Mar 30, 2017