Elena Karina Byrne, author of Squander (Omnidawn 2016), MASQUE (Tupelo Press, 2008), and The Flammable Bird, (Zoo Press/TupeloPress 2002), former 12 year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America and Executive Director of AVK Arts, is a multi-media artist, editor, Poetry Consultant / Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club, and one of the final judges for the Kate/Kingsley Tufts Prizes in poetry. Her book reviews and poetry publications, among others, include the Pushcart Prize XXXIII, Best American Poetry, Poetry, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Slate, Poetry International, Drunken Boat, OmniVerse and Verse. Elena just completed a collection of essays entitled, Voyeur Hour: Meditations on Poetry, Art and Desire.
2008 Pushcart Prize for her poem “Berryman’s Concordance Against This Silence.”
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