Poet, editor, and multi-media artist Elena Karina Byrne is poetry consultant and moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, literary programs director for the Ruskin Art Club, and a judge for the Kate/Kingsley Tufts Prizes in poetry. She served as regional director of the Poetry Society of America for 12 years and has also served as executive director of AVK Arts.

Byrne's books include: The Flammable Bird (Zoo Press 2002), MASQUE (Tupelo Press, 2008), and Squander (Omnidawn, 2016). Her poetry and book reviews have also appeared in many magazines and journals, such as Pushcart Prize XXXIII, Best American Poetry, Yale Review, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Slate, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, Drunken Boat, the Dublin Review, Verse, and Volt.