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It doesn’t matter whose ghost you see
as long as you see one.

—Hélène Cardona

Helene Cardona


Fracture  by Andrés Newman in World Literature Today

Fracture  by Andrés Newman in Latin American Literature Today

Salt Water by Laura Braverman, The Patron Saint of Cauliflower by Elizabeth Cohen, Forgive the Body this Failure by Blas Falconer,         Vacant Possession by Anne Fitzgerald, and The Mind by John FitzGerald in Tarpaulin Sky Magazine

Rustin Larson’s Howling Enigma in North of Oxford

Stephen Yenser’s Stone Fruit in The London Magazine:
“Exhilarating Magus: Myth and Poetics in Stephen Yenser’s Stone Fruit

John Ashbery’s Collected French Translations in The London Magazine:
“The Imaginative Mind: Enchantment and Transcendence in John Ashbery’s Collected French Translations”

Cast Off  by Daniel Simon in Poetry International:
“Daniel Simon’s Harvest of Words ‘Tilled into Existence'”

GHOST/LANDSCAPE  by Kristina Marie Darling and John Gallaher in Colorado Review

Rustin Larson’s The Philosopher Savant in The Enchanting Verses Literary Review:
“A Bittersweet Celebration of Life”

The Sun & the Moon by Kristina Marie Darling in The Lit Pub:
“Intractable Ghosts or Kristina Marie Darling’s Personal and Imaginative World in The Sun & the Moon

Beautiful Rush in The Enchanting Verses Literary Review:
“The Blood of Wilderness”


2022 ALTA National Translation Award in Poetry                                      2017 Jacar Press Full Length Competition                                                           2016 PEN Center USA Translation Award
2015 Writer’s Digest Challenge
2014 Rabindranath Tagore Award

Conference presentations & Talks                                

21 April 2024, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books                                      2024 AWP Translation panel, Kansas City: From the French but not from France: A Bilingual Reading of Francophone Poems                                    2021 AWP Translation panel: Translating the Untranslatable: A Reading of International Experimental Poetry                                                                 2020 Miami Book Fair: Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution            2020 Tenth Annual Gathering of Poets                                                            2019  Translation panel at AWP/Portland: Translation as the Art of Reincarnation                                                                                                        2019, 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books                                            2018 Translation panel at AWP/Tampa: The Glories of Impossible Translations                                                                                                        2017 Translation panel at AWP/D.C.                                                                 2016 Translation panel at AWP/Los Angeles                                                     2016 University of Rochester, N.Y., Reading the World Conversation Series: Poetry, Translation, Prizes & Publishing

2016 The Browning Society, New York: Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Virginia Woolf and Henry James and the Subjects of Sex, Violence, Poetry and Art                                                                                                                    2015 Translation panel at AWP/Minneapolis
2014 Translation panel at AWP/Seattle
2013 Translation panel at AWP/Boston                                                             2013 Publication panel at AWP/Boston                                                         2012 Translation panel at AWP/Chicago
2011 Translation panel at AWP/D.C.
2009 Translation panel at AWP/Chicago
2008 Translation panel at AWP/New York
2006 Translation panel at AWP/Austin


Hélène volunteers as a mentor in AWPs Writer-to-Writer program.

Hélène also volunteers to read to children in schools.




Dorianne Laux, Plume

John Ashbery, The Poetry Foundation

John Ashbery, Le Mot juste en anglais

Thomas McCarthy, Plume 

Robert Redford, Télématin, France 2, TV 5 


Diann Blakely Tribute, The Journal of American Poetry

Translator’s Note: The Feminine, Land of Welcome by Christiane   Singer, Asymptote

Translator’s Note: I Look at You by Maram Al-MasriHayden’s Ferry Review

Translator’s Note: Poetry by Eric Sarner, The Brooklyn Rail’s InTranslation

Translation as a Love Affair, World Literature Today

El bosque de Birnam / Birnam Wood by José Manuel Cardona, Waxwing Magazine, Issue 3

Poetry Editorial, Live Encounters

Poetry Editorial, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review

La poesía de José Manuel Cardona, Periódico de poesía

Un poema de José Manuel Cardona per M. Villangómez Llobet, Eivissa

Orson Welles et Yul Brynner, deux géants du cinéma américain, Le Mot juste en anglais

Guest Lecturer & Reader

at over 100 venues in the U.S. & abroad, notably Brown University, the 2014 Puterbaugh International Literary Festival at Oklahoma State University, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Poets House, Tabula Poetica at Chapman University, The Annenberg Beach House Poetry Reading Series, Ó Bhéal’s in Cork, the European Independent Film Festival, Claremont Graduate University, the University of Rochester, The West Hollywood Book Fair, The Petaluma Poetry Walk, the Geffen Playhouse, the Orange County Poetry Festival, the Theosophical Society, Loyola Marymount University, the University of California at Irvine, Consell Insular d’Eivissa (Ibiza), and the New York Browning Society.


Contributing Editor to Cervena Barva Press                                                       International Co-Editor: Plume                                                                           Essay contributor: The London Magazine                                                       Co-Editor: Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics             Editorial Board: Levure Littéraire                                                             Editorial Advisor: Envision Earth Magazine                                       Contributing Editor: Cervena Barva Press                                                    Former Co-Editor: Dublin Poetry Review                                                     Guest Editor: The Enchanting Verses Literary Review (Issue XX), Life and Legends (Inaugural Issue)

Selected Anthologies

RESISTENCIA: Poems of Protest and Revolution (Tin House Books 2020)  Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing: Poems of Protest and Revolution (2020)                                                                                          Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing: Displaced Lives (2020)  Poetry International 25/26 (2019)                                                                    Pratik A Magazine of Contemporary Writing Vol XV (2019)                      The Plume Anthology of Poetry 6                                                                  Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse                                                                                                                                          The Plume Anthology of Poetry 5                                                                        Red Sky/Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women          Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry                                              The Plume Anthology of Poetry 4                                                                      The Plume Anthology of Poetry 3                                                                  Read Women: An Anthology                                                                          Poetry International 18/19                                                                                Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology                                                                 Plume Interviews 1                                                                                  Illuminations: Expressions of the Spiritual Experience                World English Poetry                                                                                              Dead and Undead Poems: Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires and Devils                Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond                                   Intimacy: An Anthology 

Skin has its aroma, its murmur,
Its fiery color and mystery.
Thus love begins with the skin,
With dark hair, and penetrates
Like a bull horn, to the bones.
To the bones, Circe, you’ve penetrated,
Into my deep bones that proclaim
The vertebrate pain of the species.
I open my blood in love and offer it to you.

—José Manuel Cardona

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