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Erez Biton

Erez Biton was born in 1942 in Oran, Algeria. He spent six months in a transit camp in France before his family came to Israel and was sent to an immigrant camp in 1948. When he was 10 years old, Biton lost his sight and his left hand when a grenade he found in the fields near his home exploded. In 1953, he was sent to a school for the blind in Jerusalem. After earning a BA in social work and an MA in psychology, he worked for seven years as a social worker in Ashkelon and as a psychologist in an outlying town. He was one of the spiritual leaders of the struggle of Mizrahi Jews.
Biton has served as chairman of the Hebrew Writers Association, wrote a weekly column for the dailyMaariv and currently edits the Hebrew literary journal, Apirion. His poetry has earned a number of literary awards, including the Miriam Talpir Prize (1982), the Prime Minister's Prize (1988), the Yehuda Amichai Prize (2014), the Bialik Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2014) and the Israel Prize for Literature (2015).




Books Published in Hebrew
Moroccan Gift, Eked (poetry), 1976 [Mincha Maroka'it] 
The Book of Mint (poetry), Eked, 1979 [Sefer Ha-Nana]
Intercontinental Bird (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1990 [Tzipor Ben Yabashot]
Soulica (play), Snir, 2005 [Sulika]
Timbisert, A Moroccan Bird (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2009 [Timbisert, Tzipor Maroca'it]
Blindfolded Landscape (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2013 [Nofim Chavushei Einayim]
The House of Pianos (poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2015 [Beit Ha-Psanterim]

Books in Translation
The Book of Mint            
French: Paris, Editions Saint Germain, 1981

You Who Cross My Path
English: 
Rochester, NY, BOA Editions, 2015




  

  
     










































































       

Erez Biton

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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

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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
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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:
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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:
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Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
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Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
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Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
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