Raquel Chalfi

Poet Raquel Chalfi was born in Tel Aviv, where she lives and works. She completed her MA in English literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and later studied theater at Berkeley as well as film at the American Film Institute in Hollywood. Chalfi has worked as a journalist and film maker and has taught film at Tel Aviv University. She has made documentaries as well as experimental films and has written plays for which she won awards, both in Israel and abroad. She published her first book of poetry, Underwater and Other Poems, in 1975. 
Chalfi is the recipient of several literary awards, among which the Prime Minister's Prize (1999), the Ashman Prize (1999) the Bialik Prize for Poetry (2006)ת the Brenner Prize for Poetry for The Book of Creatures (2013) and the ACUM Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2016).

Raquel Chalfi

Books Published in Hebrew

POETRY
Underwater and Other Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1975; 1989 [Shirim Tat-Yamiyim Va-Acherim]
Free Fall, Marcus/ Achshav, 1979 [Nefila Chofshit]
Chameleon or the Principle of Uncertainty, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1986 [Zikit O Ekron Ee Ha-Vada'ut]
Matter, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1990 [Chomer]
Love of the Dragon, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Ahavat Ha-Drakon]
Hidden Passenger, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1999 [Nosa'at Smuya]
Solar Plexus: Poems 1975-1999, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002; ext. ed. 2005 [Mikla'at Ha-Shemesh]
Portrait of Father and Daughter [with Shimshon Chalfi], Keshev, 2004 [Tmuna Shel Aba Ve-Yalda]
Secret Details from the Transparent Portfolio, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Pratim Sodiyim Mi-Toch Ha-Klaser Ha-Shakuf]
Witches, Keshev, 2009 [Mechashefot]
Portrait of Mother and Daughter [with Miriam Baruch Chalfi], Keshev, 2010 [Tmuna Shel Ima Ve-Yalda]
Poems for Daniel, Keshev, 2011 [Shirim Le-Daniel]
The Book of Creatures, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2011 [Sefer Ha-Yetzurim]
China, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2013 [Sin]
Margins, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2014 [Shulayim]
Ballet on Ice, Keshev, 2015 [Balet Al Ha-Kerach]
Sketching Flows, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2017 [Tarshimei Zrima]
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FICTION
Blue Against the Evil Eye (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 2012 [Kachol Neged Ayin Ha-Ra]

Books in Translation

Reality Crumbs
English: Albany, NY, Excelsior Editions / SUNY Press, 2015

Selected Poems
English: Oakville, Ontario, Mosaic Press, 2014 (in: Kaleidoscope: Three Poets from Israel)
Portuguese: Lisbon, Glaciar, 2017 

French: Neuilly, Al Manar, forthcoming