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Yona Wallach

Yona Wallach (1944-1985) was born in Petah Tikva, Israel, and was raised in Kiryat Ono (of which her father was a founder). Her father died when she was a young child. Wallach was active in the "Tel Aviv poets" circle which emerged around the journals Achshav and Siman Kriah in the 1960s, and was a frequent contributor to Israeli literary periodicals. She also wrote for, and appeared with, an Israeli rock group, and in 1982 her poetry was set to music. She died in 1985 following a protracted illness. Characterized by "an abundance of nervous energy," Yona Wallach's work combines elements from rock and roll, Jungian psychology and street slang in a body of work known for its break-neck pace and insistent sexuality. Writing in fluid lines, refusing to be limited by any conventional poetic structures, Wallach took upon herself the feminine revolution in Hebrew poetry. As she presented a provocative, blatantly sexual female figure, she became a stylistic model for many women poets. Wallac received the Tel Aviv Foundation Award twice (1973; 1977), the Kugel Prize (1978) and the Prime Minister's Prize (1978).           

Books Published in Hebrew
Things, Achshav, 1966 [Dvarim]            
Two Gardens, Daga, 1969 [Shnei Ganim]
Collected Poems, Siman Kriah/ University Publishing Projects, 1976 [Shira: Shirim Mekubatzim]
Wild Light, Eichut, Adam, 1983; rev. ed. Eichut, Modan, 1990 [Or Pereh]
Forms, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1985 [Tzurot]
Appearance, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1985 [Mofa]
Selected Poems: 1963-1985, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1992 [Tat Hakara Niftachat Kmo Menifa: Mivchar Hashirim: 1963-1985]
The Facw Was Abtraction [with Aviva Uri], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000 [Ha-Panim Hayu Hafshata]
The Last Poems, Sfarim, 2007 [Shirim Achronim]
First Things, Ktav/ Achshav, 2009 [Dvarim Rishonim]
This Is the Dove: Yona Wallach - Selected Poems, Journals and an Interview, Modan, 2013 [Zot Ha-Yona: Ha-Shirim. Ha-Machbarot Ha-Gnuzot. Ha-Re'ayon]           

Books in Translation            
Selected Poems            
English: New York, Sheep Meadow, 1997

Russian: Kaliningrad, PhocaBooks, 2016  

Yona Wallach

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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