Nir lives in the Judean foothills, practically in the forest. He is married to Nirit and together they have three small children and two large dogs. He spends most of his time taking care of them all, carving in wood, playing the oud, and foraging for wild tea herbs. In his spare time, he works as a clinical psychologist and had earned a Ph.D. from The Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar-Ilan University. Formerly an editor and journalist for Al Hashulchan (On the Table) food magazine, he co-authored The Vegetarian Kitchen (together with Orly Pely-Bronshtein). In the evenings, once the children are asleep and the dishes are washed, he tries to write in order to stitch all these different pieces together.
Born in Ramat Gan in 1967, Etgar Keret is the most popular writer among
Israeli youth today. Keret started writing in 1992 and has published three
books of short stories, one novella, three books of comics and a children`s
book. Bestsellers in Israel, his books have received international acclaim and
have been translated into numerous languages, including Korean and
Chinese. Missing Kissinger has been listed among the 50 most important
Israeli books of all time. In France, Kneller`s Happy Campers was one of the
Fnac`s 200 books of the decade; the story, “The Nimrod Flip-Out” was
published in Francis Ford Coppola`s magazine, Zoetrope (2004). Over 40
short films have been based on Keret`s stories, one of which won the
American MTV Prize (1998). A number of his stories have also been adapted
for the stage, in Israel and abroad. Keret has received the Book Publishers`
Association`s Platinum Prize several times. He has also been awarded the
Prime Minister`s Prize, and the Ministry of Culture`s Cinema Prize. His
movie, Skin Deep, won 1st Prize at several international film festivals, and
was awarded the Israeli Oscar. Keret is currently a lecturer in the TV and film
Department at Tel Aviv University.
Ilana Hammerman was born in Haifa in 1944. She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and literary theory from Bielefeld University, Germany. Hammerman has taught literature, translation, and editing at several academic institutions. From 1985 to 2012 she was editor-in-chief at Am Oved Publishing House. Hammerman has published documentary books, literary studies, and memoirs, as well as numerous essays and articles on literature and political issues. She is also a prominent translator from French, German, English, Spanish, and Arabic into Hebrew. As a political activist, Hammerman has fought the occupation for decades, individually and as a board member of the human rights organization B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
Hammerman has been awarded the Ministry of Education Prize for Translation (1990), an Andersen Honor Citation for Translation (1994), the Tchernichovsky Translation Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2006), and the Yeshayahu Leibowitz Prize (2015) for her public activity against the occupation.
Hammerman lives in Jerusalem.
Deakla Keydar Is an Israeli author, screenwriter and a creative writing lecturer. She published seven award-winning fiction books for adults, teenagers and children, and several of her titles were translated into German, Greek, and Chinese. Her short stories were featured in Israeli and international anthologies and magazines. Keydar is also a TV and film screenwriter and script editor.
Edna Shemesh is an Israeli writer. She was born in Romania in 1953 and immigrated to Israel with her parents in the early 1960s. The family lived in Kiryat Gat. Shemesh is a graduate of the Hebrew University in English Literature and Theater studies and also studied in the Department of Hebrew Literature. She is also a graduate of the University’s School of Education and has a teaching certificate in English and a graduate of the translation and editing department of Tel Aviv University. She has published four books so far. Her fifth collection of stories will be published in 2019. Shemesh is also an independent journalist: her stories and her writings were printed in newspapers and periodicals in Israel and abroad. She works as a translator and editor of academic texts in Hebrew and English and writes in the children’s magazine Einayim. She won literary prizes from the magazines Noga and the Iton 77 and a prize in a UNESCO-sponsored writing competition in Marseilles, France.
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Tehila Hakimi (1982) is an Israeli poet, writer and mechanical engineer. Her poetry volume We’ll Work Tomorrow received the 2015 Bernstein Prize for Literature, and, alongside her graphic novel In the Water (2016) and her collection Company (2018), won the Yahushua Rabinowitz Foundation Prize for Literature. Hakimi received the 2018 Levi Eshkol Prize for Hebrew Writers, and the 2018 Fulbright International Writing Program Fellowship in The University of Iowa.
Leah Goldberg was born on May 29, 1911 in the city of Königsberg, Prussia. She spent her childhood years in Kovno, Lithuania. During World War I, her family was exiled to Russia, returning afterwards to Lithuania. She received a Ph.D in semitic languages from Bonn University, and immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1935. Goldberg was a renowned poet – a member of the Shlonsky group – as well as a successful children’s author, theater critic, translator, and editor. In 1952, she began teaching literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Later, she established the university’s Department of Comparative Literature and remained its chairperson until her death. Goldberg published nine books of poetry during her lifetime, novels, plays, non-fiction, and books for children. She was awarded the Ruppin Prize (1949), the Shlonsky Prize (1956), the Kugel Prize (1960), the Neuman Prize (New York, 1969) and the Israel Prize for Literature (1970).
Lea Goldberg’s work has been published in 15 languages.
Ofir Oz won the third place in The Short Story Project’s competition “My Best Story”, 2018. He is an emerging writer from Israel. His second novel, The First Name, has earned him the Promising Writers Award of the Israel Ministry of Culture. His winning story “Criminal” was first published on Michigan Quarterly Review. Ofir’s work has also been published in Jewishfiction.net, nebesht.com (in Farsi), and won the third place in the London Independent Story Prize.
Shay Aspril is an Israeli writer. He was born in 1978 in Tel Aviv and grew up in Hod Hasharon. He studied law at Tel Aviv University and at the same time began publishing short stories in literary journals. His first collection of short stories was published in 2012 and won the Ramat Gan Prize. His second book, a novel, was published in 2016. His latest novel will be published in 2018.
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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.