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 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.
She is the author of the bilingual poetry collections Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry 2013), Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016), and The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press 2006). She is also the author of children stories and co-wrote with John FitzGerald the screenplay Primate, based on his novel.
She worked as a translator/interpreter for the Canadian Embassy, the French Chamber of Commerce, as a translator and language coach for the film and music industry, and taught at the Ecole Bilingue (Paris) and LMU (Los Angeles).
Hélène translated the Lawrence Bridges film Muse of Fire for the NEA, What We Carry by Dorianne Laux, and the poetry of her father José Manuel Cardona, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand, Jacques Crickillon and Jean-Claude Renard into English.
Her poems have appeared in Washington Square, The Warwick Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Enchanting Literary Verses, Recours au Poème, Levure Littéraire, Radical Magazine, Mythic Passages, The American Center for Artists, 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, Poetry International, and in the anthologies Illuminations: Expressions of the Spiritual Experience (Celestial Arts 2006), Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry 2011), and The Blue Max Review (Rebel Poetry, 2012).
Hélène graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and trained with Ellen Burstyn at the Actors’ Studio. She played Françoise ‘Fuffi’ in Lasse Hallström’s CHOCOLAT, Candy in Lawrence Kasdan’s MUMFORD, Mrs. Russell in STEALING ROSES, as well as roles on LAW & ORDER, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and many more.
Voice credits include HAPPY FEET 2, THE MUPPETS, HEREAFTER, INCEPTION, THE TOURIST, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE PINK PANTHER, THE PAINTED VEIL and many more. For SERENDIPITY she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang.
Born in Paris and raised all over Europe, she has lived in Geneva, Cambridge, London, Llandudno, Monte-Carlo, Bremen, Paris, Tarragona, Madrid, New York City and Santa Monica.
Ah to get a glimpse of Aphrodite
and be touched by grace,
see beauty everywhere,
forgive all and myself
and surrender, surrender, surrender.
Ah to get another chance at love
for I worshipped Athena and followed Artemis.
Taste the Cyprus pomegranate,
dive into the ocean,
have your heart broken.
Consider this, be fortunate, grateful,
consider this, be alive
for the greatest gift is given with death.
There is no end and no beginning,
surrender, surrender, surrender.
I pay with my mother’s death
for the price of my dreams
as I dream the world into being
as I dream new memories
as I dream myself into love falling into you.
Ah to let Aphrodite guide you to the great
spirit who proclaims again and again
mountains am I, rivers am I
wind, sand and rain am I
moon, sun and stars am I.
Her voice will not be silenced
for it is formidable
and echoes those of all beloved.
It is her privilege to serve you
for life seeks beauty and complexity.
Will you perceive with the eyes
of the heart, heed the call of jaguar
Let the wheel of time absorb you,
have your heart broken.
From Dreaming My Animal Selves, Salmon Poetry (2013).
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