Eléna Rivera was born in Mexico City and spent her childhood in Paris. She is the author of The Perforated Map (Shearsman Books, 2011), Remembrance of Things Plastic (LRL e-editions 2010), Mistakes, Accidents and the Want of Liberty (Barque Press, 2006), Suggestions at Every Turn (Seeing Eye Books, 2005), Unknowne Land (Kelsey St. Press, 2000), Wale; or, the Corse (Leave Books, 1995), and a pamphlet entitled Disturbances in the Ocean of Air (Phylum Press, 2005). Her chapbook On the Nature of Position and Tone is now available from Fields Press.
Eléna Rivera recently won the 2010 Robert Fagles prize in translation from the National Poetry Series for her translation of Bernard Noël's The Rest of the Voyage (Graywolf Press, 2011). She is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation, a poetry residency at the Fundacíon Valparaíso in southern Spain (2009), and the 2007 Witter Bynner Poetry Translator Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. Her translation of Isabelle Baladine Howald’s Secret of Breath was published by Burning Deck Press in 2009, and The Pain of Returning is just out from Mindmade Books.