Helena Eriksson

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Helena Eriksson (born 1962) is a Swedish poet. Her sixth collection of poetry, Strata (2004), was published in English in 2014.[1][2]


Born in Nyköping, Eriksson was raised in the countryside. After graduating in philosophy and art at Gothenburg University, she worked as an editor for the cultural journal Ord & Bild. She has also worked as a translator. In 1990, she completed her first lyrical collection, Byggnad åt mig (A Building for Me).[1] Her dramatic expressionist poems, written in prose, evoke animal and human worlds which are also depicted in later works.[3] Spott ur en änglamun (Spitting Out of an Angel's Mouth, 1993) depicts a strange fairytale world seen through the eyes of little girls in red dresses who meet Bambi and Fox.[4] She frequently introduces allusions to violence, desire and rupture, sometimes emphasized by the sensuous tactile effects of necklaces and clothing, as in Strata.[2] As a literary translator, she has rendered into Swedish classic texts by women writers, including Anaïs Nin’s House of Incest, Giannina Braschi’s Empire of Dreams (poetry collection), Eileen Myles’ Chelsea Girls, and United States of Banana, and Marguerite Duras' Le Navire Night.


  • En byggnad åt mig - 1990
  • Spott ur en änglamun - 1993
  • Mark - 1996
  • Tholos - 1998
  • Skäran - 2001
  • Strata - 2004 (in English 2014)
  • De, bara - 2008
  • Logiska undersökningar - 2009
  • Mellan eller En annan närhet - 2011
  • Täthetsteoremet - 2012


Eriksson has won several awards including the Swedish Radio Poetry Prize (Sveriges Radios Lyrikpris) in 2008 and the Swedish Academy's Dobloug Prize in 2009.[5] She won the 2019 Swedish Academy's prize for her literary translation of Eileen Myles’s works.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Helena Eriksson" (in Swedish). Albert Bonniers Förlad. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Helena Eriksson - strata". Shearsman Books. Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Eriksson, Helena". The History of Nordic Women's Literature. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  4. ^ Pontus Dahlman (1998). "Omåttlig och risktagande. Dikterna i Helena Erikssons nya samling hänger fritt som de vassa resterna av en exploderad planet" (in Swedish). DN.se. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Helena Eriksson och Magnus Dahlström får Doblougska priset" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Svenska Akademiens essäpris | Svenska Akademien". www.svenskaakademien.se. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
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