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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


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.
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.
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.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!