Eléna Rivera was born in Mexico City and raised in Paris, France. Her third full-length collection of poetry, Scaffolding (2017), was published by Princeton University Press in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. She received a National Endowment for the Arts and Literature Fellowship in Translation and was a recent recipient of fellowships from the Trelex Paris Poetry Residency (2019) and the SHOEN Foundation (2016).
In residence in 2020, she wrote poems and worked on an essay on translating poetry, and continued work on finishing and revising a manuscript.
Portrait by Russell Switzer