Competition: US & Canada
Education: University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Malena Mörling, an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, 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, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2006. She has translated poems by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, a selection of which appeared in the collection For the Living and the Dead (Ecco Press). She has also translated into Swedish Philip Levine’s collection of poems 1933, which is due out in Sweden in the spring of 2009. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including the New York Times Book Review, New Republic, Washington Post Book World, Double Take/Points of Entry, and Five Points. She received the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award in 1999 and in 2004 the Lotos Club Foundation Prize. During 2007-08, she was a research associate at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.