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Elhanan Nir

Elhanan Nir (1980) was born into a rabbinic family in Jerusalem and underwent a religious study program in the Talmud Torah and various Yeshivas.  At a young age, he was exposed to art in general and to literature in particular and began to write poetry and short stories, and was even published in the daily press and in magazines, without the knowledge of his close surroundings.

After his military service, he began studying at the Siach-Yitzhak Hesder yeshiva and later became a teacher there. Since 2012, He also teaches at the Machanayim hesder yeshiva. In 2004 he founded the literary section of Makor Rishon and became its editor, a position he held for seven years.

Nir has been in contact with members of the pro-Israel Makuya Japanese movement for more than a decade. After the tsunami, he traveled to the disaster area and gave lectures about spiritual rehabilitation.

His books of poetry and Jewish thought won, among others, the Wertheim Prize for Poetry (2008), the Ramat Gan Prize for Literature (2010), and the Prime Minister's Award for Creation (2011).

”Just the two of us” is his first novel .The book won the Posen International Fellowship (2014) and the ministry of culture award (2017).

Nir is married to Sarah and has four children. He is living in Jerusalem. 

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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