Hélène Cardona

Hélène Cardona
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A citizen of the United States, France, and Spain, Hélène Cardona’s most recent books are Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016); the Award-Winning Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013); Hemingway Grant recipient Beyond Elsewhere (White Pine Press, 2016), her translation of Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac; and Ce que nous portons (Éditions du Cygne, 2014), her translation of Dorianne Laux. She also translated Walt Whitman’s Civil War Writings for the Iowa International Writing Program’s WhitmanWeb.


A Romanian translation of Dreaming My Animal Selves was published by Junimea Editions in 2016. Her work has also been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, and Spanish.

She wrote her thesis on Henry James for a master’s degree in American literature from the Sorbonne, taught at Hamilton College and Loyola Marymount University, and received fellowships from the Goethe-Institut and Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.

She also writes children stories and co-wrote with John FitzGerald the screenplay Primate, based on his novel.


She has been guest lecturer at Brown University, U.C. Irvine, The Puterbaugh International Literary Festival at Oklahoma State University, and Chapman University, and has been a featured poetry reader at the L.A. Times Festival of Books and on national radio.


Born in Paris and raised all over Europe, she has lived in Switzerland, France, England, Wales, Monaco, Germany, Spain, and the United States.


She co-edits Plume, Fulcrum, contributes essays to The London Magazine, and is co-producer of Pablo Neruda: The Poet’s Calling. Publications include Washington Square, World Literature TodayPoetry International, The Warwick Review, Irish Literary Times, and elsewhere.


Cordona had roles in the movies Chocolat, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Jurassic World, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Spy, and Mumford. For Serendipity, she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song “Lucienne,” which she also sang.

First posted: May 22, 2011

Last modified: April 23, 2018