Tamar Merin is a writer, critic and literary scholar. She was born in Tel Aviv and attended Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, majoring in theater. Upon completing her military service, she joined the Rina Schenfeld Dance Company. Her first book, “Children,” was published in 2015 and earned her the Minister of Culture Prize for Emerging Writers, and the Goldberg Foundation Prize, as well as critical acclaim. Merin’s short stories were published in various magazines. She holds a PhD in Hebrew literature from Tel Aviv University, and served as a lecturer in Hebrew literature at Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University, Illinois, where she lived from 2011 to 2013. Merin’s critical essays, published in Haaretz’ Culture, Literature and Books supplements for the past decade, have awarded her the 2014 Bernstein Prize for Literary Criticism. She is the mother of two and resides with her family in Tel Aviv.