Alaa Hlehel is a Palestinian writer, playwright and journalist. He was born in the village of Al-Jash in the Galilee in 1974 and completed his bachelor’s degree in communications and arts at the University of Haifa and studies at the School of Screenwriting in Tel Aviv. Hlehel served as founder and editor of literary magazines and his articles are published in the Israeli and Arab press. He also teaches creative writing. His collections of short stories were translated into several languages. His novel Au Revoir Acre was published in 2014, to great acclaim. He lives in Acre, Israel.
Michal Yaara Carmi is an Israeli strategy and communication adviser specializing in social struggles, crisis management, and legislation changes. She is a mother of two and lives in Tel Aviv. She is working on her first book.
Zeev Smilansky is an Israeli scientist and writer. He was born and raised in Rehovot and studied mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and London. He develops high-tech and biotech technologies in Israel. Smilansky writes poetry and short stories and occasionally publishes articles in Haaretz newspaper. His poem “Cain” won the first prize in the Weizmann Institute of Science poetry competition. His poetry collection was published in 2016.
Anna Likhtikman (1969) is an Israeli writer born in Ukraine. She studied in an art school for the arts in Ukraine, and in 1990 she immigrated to Israel with her family. Likhtikman is a graduate of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Since 2012 she writes for Russian-language websites such as Booknik, Jewish.ru and Ototo. Her stories were published in the Max Frei’s anthologies, as well as in several Russian magazines. Her short story collection “Ant plays” was published in 2015. Her debut novel The Train writes to the Steamer was published in 2017 and won Manuscript of The Year in Russia. Anna works as an illustrator and lives in Jerusalem.
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.