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Yaakov Besser

Yaakov Besser (1934-2006) was born in Poland. In 1940, he and his parents fled to Russia and then to the Ukraine to escape Nazi persecution. He came to Israel in 1950. In 1977, Besser founded the Israeli literary monthly Iton 77, and served as its editor until his death. In 1995, together with a group of writers, he founded the General Union of Writers in Israel and served as its first chairman. He also served as chairman of the Hebrew Writers Association.
Besser received the Prime Minister's Prize (1980), the Talpir Prize (1982), the Efrat Prize for Poetry (1986), and a Special Award from the Board of Directors of ACUM for  encouraging creativity in Israel (2005). 

Books Published in Hebrew   
Winter of Nineteen-Forty, Eked, 1965; 1968 [Choref Elef Tesha Me'ot Arba'im Ve...: Po'ema]
A Tangle of Roots, Eked, 1967 [Bi-Svach Ha-Shorashim]
Fragile Lead, Eked, 1968 [Oferet Shvura]
Poems of this Journey, Eked, 1969 [Shirim Ba-Halicha Ha-Zot]
Selected Poems, Eked, 1970 [Mi-Shirei Yaakov Besser]  
In Moments of Inevitable Retreat, Eked, 1971 [Be-Rega'im Shel Nesiga Bilti Nimna'at: 15 Shirim]            
Stoned Field, Sifriat Poalim, 1973 [Sadeh Skula]            
Worry, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1976 [De'aga]
Even if Not, Yachdav, The Hebrew Writers Association, 1979 [Gam Im Lo: Shirim 1976-1978]
Behind the Ruins: Poems 1961-1981, Sifriat Poalim, 1982 [Me-Achorei Ha-Harisot: Mivchar Shirim 1961-1981]            
They're Already Cleaning the Yard, Sifriat Poalim, 1986 [Mishehu Kvar Mekase'ach Et He-Chatzer]            
Fistheart, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1990 [Egroflev]            
My Mother's Face I Recognize, Gvanim, 1996 [Et Pnei Imi Ani Mezahe]
Your Moist Stomach, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2001 [Bitnech Ha-Lacha]
Collected Poems: 1965-2006, Gvanim, 2006 [Hineh, Menashevet Ruach: Shirim 1965-2006]
Books in Translation            
Selected Poems  
Polish: Krakow, Wydawnictwo Miniatura, 1991


Yaakov Besser

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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