Translator of Elektra.Anne Carson was born in Toronto and received her BA, MA and PhD from the University of Toronto. She burst onto the international poetry scene in 1987 with her long poem “Kinds of Water” and has since published the volumes of poetry Short Talks (1992), Glass, Irony and God (1995), Plainwater: Essays and Poetry (1996), Autobiography of Red (1998), The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos (2001) and NOX (2010). She is also a classics scholar; her translations include If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (2002) and An Oresteia (2009) and she is the author of the scholarly work Eros the Bittersweet (1986). She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; was honoured with the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize, both for poetry; and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. In 2001 she received the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry – the first woman to do so; the Griffin Poetry Prize; and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.