Hélène Cardona is a poet and actress. She is the author of Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry 2013), The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press 2006), and Life in Suspension. She attended Hamilton College, where she also taught French and Spanish, the University Menéndez Pelayo, Spain, and the Sorbonne, Paris, where she earned a Master’s in American Literature. She taught at the Ecole Bilingue, Paris, and LMU, Los Angeles.
She’s widely published, notably in The Dublin Review of Books, The Irish Literary Times, The Warwick Review, Washington Square, The Toronto Quarterly, World Literature Today and Poetry International. She received fellowships from the Goethe Institut and the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.
Hélène translated the Lawrence Bridges film Muse of Fire for the NEA and What We Carry by Dorianne Laux into French, and the poetry of her father José Manuel Cardona, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand, René Depestre, Ernest Pépin, Jacques Crickillon and Jean-Claude Renard into English.
Acting credits include Chocolat, Mumford, The Muppets, Red 2, Muppet Most Wanted and Happy Feet 2. For Serendipity she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang.