Malena Mörling

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, which won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize in 1998, and Astoria (Pittsburgh Press, 2006). She has translated poems by the Nobel Prize–winning Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, a selection of which appeared in the collection For the Living and the Dead, published by Ecco Press (2011). She has also translated two chapbooks of Tranströmer: First Poems by Tomas Tranströmer and Prison, Nine Haiku.She has translated into Swedish a collection of poems, 1933, by the United States Poet Laureate Philip Levine.  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 was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, she received a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship to reside and work in Marfa, Texas. In addition, she received a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship in 2010. She has been a Research Associate at the School For Advanced Research, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2007. She is currently working on a third book of poems and on editing Swedish Writers On Writing, an anthology that is part of The Writer’s World Series, from Trinity University Press. She is also editing and translating the anthology The Star By My Head, Twelve Swedish Poets, as well as Selected Poems by Edith Södergran together with Jonas Ellerström. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and Core Faculty in The Low Residency MFA program at New England College.

Malena Mörling