Erica Mena is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and book artist. They hold an MFA in poetry from Brown University, an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa, and an M.Phil in Culture & Criticism from the University of Cambridge. Their book Featherbone (Ricochet Editions, 2015) won a 2016 Hoffer First Horizons Award. Their translation of the Argentine graphic novel The Eternaut by H.G. Oesterheld and F. Solano Lopez (Fantagraphics, 2015) won a 2016 Eisner Award.
Other translations for Fantagraphics include Wrinkles by Paco Roca, Ladies in Waiting by Santiago Garcia and Javier Olivares, and Spanish Fever edited by Santiago Garcia. Their original poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, The Kenyon Review, Vanitas, the Dos Passos Review, Pressed Wafer, and Arrowsmith Press. Their translations have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Two Lines, Asymptote, PEN America, and Words without Borders, among others. They’ve received fellowships and residencies from Banff, Vermont Studio Centers, Arteles (Finland), and Trexel (Paris).
Erica has taught as a visiting lecturer and artist at Brown University, Harvard University, Mills College, and the University of Massachusetts, among others.
Puerto Rican by descent, they were born and raised in Boston, and now live in Providence, RI and Fiskars, Finland with one very awkward cat and a growing collection of imaginary beings. You can find them online at www.acyborgkitty.com.
They are the editor in chief and executive director of Anomalous Press, and served as the executive director of the American Literary Translators Association from 2014-2016, and the editor in chief and executive director of Drunken Boat from 2015-2017.
The Comics Alternative Interviews: Erica Mena
Small Press Profile: Anomalous Press, Entropy
Translation Talk, M-DASH
Translator Relay, Words Without Borders Blog
The Tattooed Poets Project, Tattoosday Blog
Erica Mena Keeps Things Anomalous, Molossus Blog
Making the Translator Visible, Three Percent Blog
Podcasts as Host
Reading the World Podcast 10: Edith Grossman
Reading the World #9: Martha Collins
Reading the World #8: Mark Schafer
Reading the World #7: Fady Joudah
Reading the World #6: Forrest Gander
Reading the World #5: Bill Johnston
Reading the World #4: Esther Allen
Reading the World #3: Suzanne Jill Levine