Language(s): English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Greek
Bio: Hélène Cardona is a citizen of the United States, France and Spain. She is a poet, actor, translator, teacher and dream analyst. She attended Hamilton College, New York, where she also taught French and Spanish, and the Sorbonne, Paris, where she wrote her thesis on Henry James for her Master’s in American Literature. She is the author of the bilingual poetry collections Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013), Life in Suspension (forthcoming), and The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press, 2006). She also wrote children stories and co-wrote with John FitzGerald the screenplay Primate, based on his novel. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, notably Washington Square, World Literature Today, Poetry International, The Warwick Review, The Enchanting Literary Verses, and Recours au Poème. Hélène translated the Lawrence Bridges film Muse of Fire for the NEA, Christiane Singer: Don’t Forget the Foaming Horses of the Past and What We Carry by Dorianne Laux into French, and the poetry of her father José Manuel Cardona, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand, Jacques Crickillon, Gabriel Arnou-Laujéac, and Jean-Claude Renard into English. 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 Universities of Santander and Baeza, Spain; and German at the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany, and received fellowships from the Geoethe-Institut and the University of Baeza, Andalusia. 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.
Professional Affiliations and Certifications: PEN Center USA, PEN AMERICA, The Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America. The Sorbonne, Hamilton College, École Active Bilingue Paris, Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, The Canadian Embassy, the French Chamber of Commerce. Member of the National Foreign Language Honor Society.
Publications: BOOKS Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013), Life in Suspension (forthcoming), The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press, 2006). LITERARY JOURNALS Washington Square, World Literature Today, Poetry International, Periódico de Poesía, Salzburg Poetry Review, The Warwick Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Enchanting Literary Verses, Recours au Poème, Levure Littéraire, Barnwood Mag, Askew, Spillway, Mediterranean Poetry, qarrtsiluni, Pirene’s Fountain, Maintenant 5: a Dada Poetry Journal, Maintenant 6, From the Fishouse, Saint Julian Press, THRUSH Poetry Journal, The Lascaux review, The Passionate Transitory, East West: A Poetry Annual, Asian Signature, Beetroot Journal, MadHat Review, Ruminations, Life and Legends, Writer's Digest, Knizevno Ziitie, Radical Magazine, Mythic Passages, The American Center for Artists, The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology. ANTHOLOGIES Dead and Undead Poems: Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires and Devils (Random House, 2015), Near Kin: Words and Art Inspired by Octavia E. Butler (Sybaritic Press, 2014) Thrush Poetry Journal: an Anthology of the first two years (Thrush Press, 2014) Love's Peripeteias (Visionary Press, 2014) Poems With Heart: A Heartfelt Anthology (Wandering Impulse Press, 2014) Synthesis: Duet Poets - 8th International Anthology (PoiesisOnline, 2014) Anthesis: 9th International English Poetry Collection (PoiesisOnline, 2014) From the Four-Chambered Heart: In Tribute to Anaïs Nin (Sybaritic Press, 2013) For Rhino in a Shrinking World (Poets Printery, 2013) The Blue Max Review (Rebel Poetry 2012) Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry, 2011) Illuminations: Expressions of the Spiritual Experience (Celestial Arts, 2006)
Education: She attended Hamilton College, New York, where she also taught French and Spanish, and the Sorbonne, Paris, where she wrote her thesis on Henry James for her Master’s in American Literature. She studied English Philology and Literature in Cambridge, England; Spanish at the International Universities of Santander and Baeza, Spain; and German at the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany.
Awards: 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 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/El recuerdo: 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. Member of the National Foreign Language Honor Society.
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