Visiting Research Associate
Malena Mörling was born in Stockholm in 1965 and grew up in southern Sweden. She is the author of two books of poetry: Ocean Avenue, selected by Philip Levine for the New Issues Press Poetry Prize in 1998, and Astoria, published by Pittsburgh Press in 2006. She has translated poems by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, a selection of which appeared in the collection For the Living and the Dead, published by Ecco Press. Her poems have also appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Washington Post Book World, Double Take/Points of Entry, and Five Points. She was awarded The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award in 1999, and in 2004 the Lotos Club Foundation Prize. In 2007, she received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship to work on her third manuscript of poems. “Being able to carry out this work as a research associate at SAR—in the company of such original research—is a gift and a blessing.”
Malena is currently editing, along with Swedish editor, poet, and publisher Jonas Ellerström, an anthology called Swedish Writer’s On Writing. It is a part of The Writers’ World Series and will be published sometime after 2010 by Trinity University Press in San Antonio, Texas. This series, edited by internationally acclaimed poet and critic Edward Hirsch, President of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, is collecting a broad range of material never before collected in English or, perhaps in any language.
Affiliation at time of award:
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina, Wilmington