Yitzhak Laor is a poet, writer, playwright and literary critic – one of the most influential in Israel. He was born in 1948 in Pardes Hannah and grew up in Givatayim. He studied theater and literature at Tel Aviv University and wrote a PhD on the work of Hanoch Levin. Laor was politically active from the time of his military service, and was always an active speaker against Israeli occupation and Israel’s policies in the occupied territories. He has published three short stories collections, four novels, ten books of poetry, a play, two books of essays and a monograph of Hanoch Levin. His latest book of essays will be published in 2018. Laor is the literary critic of the “Culture and Literature” section of Ha’aretz. In 2005-2011, he edited and published the journal “Mitaam” for literature and radical thought. He taught literature and theater at Tel Aviv University and at the Sam Spiegel Film School. Laor has twice won the Prime Minister’s Award for literature, the Bernstein Prize for Poetry and the Yehuda Amichai Prize for Poetry.

Eshkol Nevo is one of the most successful writers in Israel. He was born in 1971 in Jerusalem, the grandson of Levi Eshkol, Israel’s third prime minister. As a child he lived in Israel and Detroit. He is a graduate of the psychology department at the Hebrew University and The Creative Writing program at Ben Gurion University. He has worked as a copywriter in large advertising agencies, as a lecturer in advertising thinking in academic institutions, and since 2014 he has been teaching and directing the “House Workshops” school for creative writing in Jaffa alongside Orit Gidli. Eshkol has published eight books to date. His books have won many awards, won the love of readers and have been translated into many languages. He is married and the father of two daughters, and lives in Ra’anana.


Yaara Shehori is an Israeli novelist. She has been an editor of Hebrew literature at the Keter Publishing House since 2013. Her first book of poems Thumb, Tooth, Wing (Am Oved Publishing) was published in 2010. Her book of novelettes Years of milk (Keter Publishing) was published in 2013. Her novel, “Aquarium”(Keter Publishing) was published in 2016. In 2014 Yaara was awarded the Prime Minister Levi Eshkol Creative Writing Prize for Writers and Poets, the BernsteinPrize and the Minister of Culture’s Prize for Upcoming Writers.


Riky Cohen (1969) is an Israeli poet and writer. She writes short fiction and is  co-editor if “Hmusach” ( “The Garage”), a digital literary magazine. Her first book of poems, “A Dirty Pile in Every Room,” was published in 2014. In 2016 she edited “You Were not Born a Woman,” an anthology of poetry and photography on femininity. Her poems and stories appeared in several literary magazines. She edited and produced with Tal Nitzan a series of poetry evenings, music and photography “Poetry at Night”.

Roy Chen is an Israeli writer, translator and playwright. He was born in Tel Aviv in 1980. Roy is the dramaturge of the Gesher Theater and has published two books, the novel The Ink Horses (2005) and Tel-Aviv Tales (2011) story collection. Chen translated poetry, prose, classic fiction novels and over 40 plays from Russian, French and English to Hebrew (Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Bunin, Gogol, Kharms, Moliere, Hatcher). His plays, adaptations and translations are presented In the Gesher Theater: The Dybbuk, Don Juan, Odysseus Travels, In the Tunnel, White Nights, Schwartz and Other Animals, Kreutzer Sonata, and more. Chen lectures in Israel and abroad on translation, writing, literature, theatre, and of his journeys in Languages ​​and cultures. He lives in Tel Aviv.

Tal Nitzán is an award winning poet, novelist, editor and a major translator of Hispanic literature. Author of six poetry books and four children’s book, and editor of three poetry anthologies. Her debut novel, Each and every Child was published in 2015. She has resided in Buenos Aires, Bogotá and New York. Currently lives in Tel Aviv. Her poems have been translated to more than 20 languages, and appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. A dozen collections of her work were published in English, German, Lithuanian, Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Nitzán has translated to Hebrew circa 80 prose and poetry books from Spanish and English, and edited the ground-breaking anthology With an Iron Pen: Hebrew Protest Poetry 1984-2004 (2005), (English version published by SUNY Press, USA, 2009; French version by Al-Manar, 2013).

Marina Groslerner is an Israeli writer and translator. She was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, and immigrated to Israel in 1973. her family settled in Ashdod. Marina studied philosophy and linguistics at Tel Aviv University. She has published two books, Lelia in 2002, and Window Dreams in 2007, and translated dozens of books from Spanish and English to Hebrew. She lives in Jaffa.

Orly Castel-Bloom is one of Israel’s most prominent writers. She was born in Tel Aviv in 1960 to parents from Egypt, studied film at Tel Aviv University and began publishing in 1987. Her book Dolly City was translated by UNESCO to English and distributed around the world. She was recognized as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel in 1999. She won the Tel Aviv Prize (1990), the Alterman Prize (1993) She won the Prime minister’s prize twice (1994 and 2001) and the Newman Prize was awarded to her in 2003. Her book The Egyptian Novel won the Sapir Prize in 2015. Her books have been translated into nine languages. She lives in Tel Aviv and is the mother of two.

Ariel Hirschfeld is an Israeli scholar and critic of literature and art and a professor of literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was born in Pardes Hannah in 1953 to parents from Germany. Hirschfeld studied Hebrew literature and musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has been the head of the Department of Hebrew Literature at the University and co-editor of the periodical Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature. He has published about ten books so far. Today he also teaches at Alma College, the Hebrew University Secondary School and the Bezalel Academy of the Arts. In 2009 he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Hebrew authors. He lives in Jerusalem.

Gadi Taub is an Israeli writer and journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1965 and studied at the Hebrew University’s high school. He served as a radio presenter and also as a TV presenter of The Israeli Educational Television. Taub is a graduate of Tel Aviv University in history and interdisciplinary studies and holds a PhD from Rutgers University in the United States. He teaches at the Department of Communications and at the School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written six young adults books, three fiction books, including a collection of stories, and five non-fiction books. Taub is the recipient of the Zeev Prize for Children’s Literature for the year 2000. His book Allenby was adapted for a television series. He takes part in various radio and television programs and is co-editor of the literary magazine Mikarov.

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