Erica Mena

Rhode Island, United States

Member Since: 09/13/2012

Erica Mena is a poet, translator and book artist. Her book Featherbone (Ricochet Editions, 2015) won a 2016 Hoffer First Horizon Award, and her translation of the graphic novel The Eternaut by H.G. Oesterheld and Solano Lopez (Fantagraphics, 2015) won a 2016 Eisner Award. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, PEN America, Vanitas and Words Without Borders, among others. She holds an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in poetry from Brown University. She is Executive Director and Editor of Drunken Boat. 


Twitter Username: @ACyborgKitty


  • Featherbone , Ricochet Editions (June 1, 2012)
  • The Eternaut , Fantagraphics (November 1, 2012)


  • Hoffer First Horizon for Poetry(2012)
  • Eisner Award(2012)


  • Founding Editor at Anomalous Press (January 2010 - January 2012)
  • Executive Director at American Literary Translators Association (April 2012 - January 2012)
  • Editor at Drunken Boat (September 2012 - January 2012)


  • Master of Fine Arts in Literary Translation from University of Iowa (May 2011)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Brown University (May 2012)

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