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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

"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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