Yariv Sapir is an Israeli writer. He was born in Kibbutz Ramat Hakovesh during the War of Independence. He left the kibbutz for New York, where he became a successful businessman, and returned with his family to Israel 12 years later. His first book, the collection “Hebrew Works” was published in 2011 and in 2016 he released his second book, Aya – a novel that deals with the generation of children born with the establishment of the State of Israel and their personal dreams, as opposed to the national dream of the founding fathers. Sapir also published a new Hebrew translation of the cult book One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (2009). He specializes in the analysis of the songs of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman and other songwriters. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Michal and their three children.
Nir Yehudai is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist at a mental health clinic and a private clinic in New Haven .He is writing his doctoral thesis on the concept of evil in psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He publishes articles in Alaxon Magazine and works on his debut novel – Immortals – dealing with the problem of evil.
Tom Baikin-O’hayon is a researcher, writer and lecturer from Jerusalem. He received BA in philosophy and Literature, and MA in philosophy from The Hebrew University where he is currently writing his Masters theses. Aside from his literary work, Tom also works as a producer of cultural events. He collaborated with Empty House, Hamiffal, Jlm.fm Radio, and many others. Last year (2017) he produced (Together with Shahar Gabai) the literary project The New Jerusalem – Between Utopia and Distopia – an original anthology of Utopian and Distopian short stories from and about Jerusalem. His first book True Tales – Part 1, is due to come out during 2018, in Fennec Publishing, a new Israeli publishing house for children’s and young adult literature, which he founded together with his wife. Drafts of his works appear on his site Opus 31.
Dr. Thamar E. Gindin is An Iranist, a bridge-builder, an eye-opener. She hopes to be Israel’s first cultural attaché in free Iran. In the meantime, she builds bridges between the nations of Iran and Israel. she does it through spreading knowledge and opening people’s eyes to the fact that we are much more alike than they might think. she spreads the knowledge through books, press interviews and lectures, as well as through her Hebrew blog and podcasts. Dr. Gindin is core faculty member in the programme for Middle Eastern Studies in Shalem College of Liberal Arts, and a research fellow in Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies in Haifa University.
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Tamar Hochstadter is a multidisciplinary creator for children. She was born in 1985 and was raised in the western Galilee of Israel. Hochstadter is a graduate of the department of Visual communications in Bazalel Academy for Art and Design and has a master degree with honors in children’s studies from Tel-Aviv University. Her picture book Kruvina, which she wrote and illustrated, has won the 2013 Ramat-Gan award for literature. Her children’s book Duno and the unusual things that happened to him was published in 2018. She also illustrated many books that were published around the world. In the year 2009 she co-founded a children’s culture magazine titled Ha-pinkas which she co-edits ever since. Hochstadter is living in Tel-Aviv with her husband and son.
Yannets Levi is an Israeli writer, screenwriter, TV host, journalist, editor, lecturer, teacher and winner of the 2010 Israeli Public Libraries Award. Yannets was born into a large family which encouraged creativity and the love of stories. It is no wonder that he found himself writing stories for children and adults – in books, television scripts, and the press. Among others, Yannets Levi has authored the book series Uncle Leo’s Adventures (which has been translated into English, Chinese, Czech and Korean) and the children’s novel Mrs. Rosebud is No Monster; the collection of stories Tales of the Forest Man; Subterranean Water Stories, the novel Himalaya flesh and blood and the novel Living Hope. Yannets has translated many books into Hebrew, among them Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography.
Sheikha Hussein Helawy is a Bedouin writer, poet and educator. She was born in an unrecognized village near Haifa in 1968, and attended the Nazareth Nuns High School in Haifa. She then moved to Jaffa and studied for a BA and MA in Arabic and Hebrew literature at Tel Aviv University. She has been teaching and instructing and developing teaching programs, and in recent years she has been teaching and leading change processes in schools in East Jerusalem. Her poems and stories were published in magazines and literary websites in Israel and in the Arab world. She has published one book of poetry and two collections of short stories. Her third collection of stories will be published in 2018.
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.
Mati Shemoelof is an Israeli poet, editor and writer. He was born in Haifa in 1972 and holds a BA in Theater Studies from Tel Aviv University and an MA in History from the University of Haifa. He has published six books of poetry so far. The last of them: Hebrew Outside Its Sweet Limbs” was published in 2017. His book “Shower of Darkness and Other Stories” was published in 2014. Shemoelof edited various periodicals and anthologies. He was one of the founders of the movement and the publishing house “Guerilla Culture,” and initiated the establishment of the “Poet’s Struggle.” He was also a partner in the “Poetic Hafla” initiative – multilingual reading evenings in Berlin. His poems and stories have been translated into several languages. He lives in Berlin and Tel Aviv.