Iftach Alony, born September 1955, is a writer, poet, and the head of Afik Publishing House of Israeli Literature (co-founded with Prof. Dan Miron). Alony has published two novels: Thief of Dreams (Yediot Sefarim, 2009) and Spare Parts (Afik, 2012; included in bestseller lists); two poetry collections: Let the Thorns Die (Afik, 2013) and Gravity (Afik, 2014); as well as two short story collections: Garuda’s Gaze (Afik, 2015) and Plagues (of Egypt) Now (Afik, 2017). His poems and short stories have been published in leading Israeli newspapers (Haaretz, Yediot Aharonot, Yisrael Hayom, Maariv, Makor Rishon), literary magazines (Helicon, Moznaim, Iton 77) and on selected poetry and literature websites. Alony was also the founder and co-editor of Block Magazine, a multi-disciplinary urban magazine. He was on the judging committee of the 2013 Haaretz short story competition. Alony created the project “Story from the Movies” (which featured Israeli books that were adapted into television dramas), broadcasted on Channel 2, and has produced various travel films for Telad Broadcasting Company. Alony is the founder and co-editor of The Short Story Project.