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Tal Nitzan

Tal Nitzan, a poet, editor and a major translator of Hispanic literature, was born in Jaffa, Israel, and has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bogota, Colombia, and New York. She currently lives in Tel Aviv. She studied art history, Hispanic studies and literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Nitzan has published several poetry collections and books for children, and has edited an anthology of Hebrew protest poetry. She has translated numerous books into Hebrew, mainly from Spanish, and is the editor of two series, for Hispanic literature and for contemporary Hebrew fiction, as well as the editor of the literary magazine Orot. Among her awards: the Rosario Castellanos Prize (1985), the Ministry of Culture Prize for Translation, twice (1995; 2005), the WIZO Award for Women Writers (1998), the Ministry of Culture Prize for Debut Poetry (2002), the Tchernichovsky Prize for Translation (2012), an honorary medal from the President of Chile for her translation of Pablo Neruda’s poetry (2004), the ACUM Prize for Poetry (2007), the Bernstein Prize (2008), the Prime Minister’s Prize (2010) and the Dolitzky Prize for Poetry (2013). Her poems have been translated into over 20 languages.

Tal Nitzan

Books Published in Hebrew

Domestica (poetry), Am Oved, 2002 [Domestika]
An Ordinary Evening (poetry), Am Oved, 2006 [Erev Ragil]
Blue Sun Café (poetry), Even Hoshen, 2007 [Kafe Ha-Shemesh Ha-Kchula]
The First to Forget (poetry), Am Oved, 2009 [Lishko'ach Rishona]
Shakespeare Before Bedtime: Fourteen Prominent Plays, Adapted into Short Stories (children), Achuzat Bayit, 2011 [Shakespeare Lifnei Ha-Sheyna: 14 Ha-Machazot Ha-Gdolim Be-Kitzur U-Ve-Tzurat Sipur]
Look at the Same Cloud Twice (poetry), Keshev, 2012 [Lehabit Be-Oto Anan Pa'amayim]
Another Country (children-picture bk) , Am Oved, 2013 [Be-Eretz Acheret]
To the Inner Court: Poems and Drawings [with Tsibi Geva], Even Hoshen, 2015 [La-Chatzer Ha-Pnimit: Shirim Ve-Rishumim]. Bilingual: Hebrew & English
Each and Every Child (novel), Ahuzat Bayit, 2015 [Et Kol Ha-Yeladim Ba-Olam]
My Special Own (board children bk), Am Oved, 2016 [Ha-Balagan Sheli]
Ms. More (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 2017 [Gveret Od]

Books in Translation

Selected Poems

Lithuanian: Vilnius, Tarptautinių kultūros programų centras, 2009
Italian: Trieste, Franco Puzzo, 2010
French & English: Neuilly-Sur-Seine, Al Manar, 2011
Spanish: New York, Pen Press, 2012

Portugues: São Paulo. Lumme Editor, 2013
Spanish: New York, Pen Press, 2013
English: New York, Restless Books, 2014
German: Berlin, 
Verlagshaus Berlin, 2015


An Ordinary Evening
French: Neuilly-Sur-Seine, Al Manar, 2011

To the Inner Court: Poems and Drawings [with Tsibi Geva] (b
English: Ra'anana, Israel, Even Hoshen, 2015


Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
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!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 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: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 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".

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.
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.
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