Former 12 year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America and Executive Director for the AVK Arts Foundation, Elena Karina Byrne is a visual artist, freelance editor, professor, book reviewer, the Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club, and annual Poetry Consultant and Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. She also works on poetry programs with the Craft & Folk Art Museum and sits on the advisory board for What Books Press. She was a Contributing Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and recently one of the final judges for the Kate and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards in Poetry until 2018.
Elena received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from Beyond Baroque’s Literary Arts Center. She was part of the West Hollywood Book Fair’s Planning Committee and worked with Red Car studios editing several documentary film projects including, The Big Read, Muse of Fire and Why Shakespeare? Since 1991 Elena has organized or funded programs for the Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Southern California’s Doheny Memorial Library, the Getty Research Institute at the J. Paul Getty Center, UCLA's CAP/Center for the Art of Performance,Columbia University's School of the Arts International Translation Project, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, The Craft and Folk Art Museum’s Poetry and Art Collaboration Series, The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Metro Art live Poetry in Motion annual readings, and the renowned Chateau Marmont “Act of the Poet” series. She was the 2005 Poetry Co-Editor for The Los Angeles Review and one of three judges for the 2006 PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry.
Her book reviews and essays have appeared in Poetry, Slope, Poetry International, The Journal and Omniverse and elsewhere. Elena's publications, among others, include, 2009 Pushcart Prize XXXIII Best of the Small Presses, Best American Poetry 2005, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day site, Black Renaissance Noire, BOMB, The Kyoto Review, Blackbird, Entropy, VOLT, Dublin Poetry Review, Levurelitteraire, Círculo de Poesía, Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, REEL VERSE: Poems About the Movies, Plume Poetry Anthology 6, Painted Bride Quarterly , Barrow Street, The Los Angeles Review, Antioch Review, Massachusetts Review, Verse, The Journal, diode, Hotel Amerika, Full Blede, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Drunken Boat, The Offending Adam, Wolf, Plume, Lana Turner, Pool, The San Francisco Chronicle, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Persea Book’s The Eloquent Poem, Republic of Apples Democracy of Oranges: New Eco-Poetry from China and the United States, Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry, Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics From California, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, Poetry Daily Anthology, and Spunk and Bite: A Writer's Guide to Punchier, More Engaging Language and Style.
Her books include: The Flammable Bird (Zoo Press 2002), MASQUE, (Tupelo Press 2008) and Squander (Omnidawn 2016). She will release a chapbook No, Don’t (What Books Press, 2020) and her fourth collection Phantom Limbs, (Omnidawn, 2021) Elena has just completed a book of “interrupted” essays : VOYEUR HOUR: Meditations on Poetry, Art & Desire.