Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Eléna Rivera

Poetry, Translation
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Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office: 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04103


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423


Eléna Rivera (Poetry, Translation)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), and Suggestions at Every Turn (Seeing Eye Books, 2005). Her poems have appeared in The Nation, Drunken Boat, H_NGM_N, Zoland Poetry, Esopus, Aufgabe, Tarpaulin Sky, among others. Her chapbook On the Nature of Position and Tone is now available from Fields Press (2012). Eléna won the 2010 Robert Fagles prize in translation for her translation of The Rest of the Voyage by Bernard Noël, published by Graywolf Press in November 2011. She was also awarded a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation, and a 2009 Fundacíon Valparaíso Poetry Residency in Mojácar, Spain. She was the recipient of the 2007 Witter Bynner Poetry Translator Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, and received a poetry fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. She teaches in the McGhee Division at New York University, at Bard College, for Poets & Writers, and recently taught a workshop on “Memory, Image and the Poem” at Poets House.

Recent Publications

On the Nature of Position and Tone, Fields Press,Chicago and New York, 2012

The Perforated Map, Shearsman Books, U.K., 2011

Remembrance of Things Plastic, LRL e- editions, San Marcos, TX, 2010


The Pain of Returning, by Isabelle Baladine Howald, Mindmade Books, Los Angeles, CA, 2012

The Rest of the Voyage, by Bernard Noël, Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2011

The 2010 Robert Fagles Translation Prize, National Poetry Series