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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

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]
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

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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