The Ilanot Review

Summer 2018: Fiction Only

Founding Editor & Managing Editor for the Fiction Only Issue
Janice Weizman

Guest Editor for Flash Fiction
Tania Hershman

Guest Editor for Long Short Fiction
Jessamyn Hope

Long Short Fiction Editors
Katie Green
Janice Weizman

Flash Fiction Editors
Mitch Ginsburg
Nadia Jacobson

Production Editor
Karen Marron

Yossi Nachemi


Additional Staff Editors

Poetry Editor
Marcela Sulak

Nonfiction Editors
Karen Marron
Jane Medved


The Ilanot Review is an international journal based in Israel, publishing a variety of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and genres in between. We especially love translations and hybrid work. Our bi-annual themed editions are edited by alumni and faculty from the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University, and by guest editors.

The Ilanot Review rated and reviewed in The Review Review

Interview with Managing Editor Janice Weizman in The Review Review


The Ilanot Review Staff

mitchMitch Ginsburg, a graduate of the Shaindy Rudoff program at Bar-Ilan University, is the military and defense correspondent for The Times of Israel. He has translated several novels from Hebrew to English, including Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua and The World of the End by Ofir Touche Gafla.


K bio photoKatie Green graduated with honors from the Shaindy Rudoff Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University in 2003. She is festivals coordinator at the Maaleh film school and is also an independent editor and translator. Her stories and poetry appear in Jewishfiction. net, Cyclamens and Swords, and Yew Journal. Her story “The Color of Sand” was short-listed for the Moment Short Story Fiction prize. Her journalism has appeared in numerous Jewish publications and internet sites, and her films “Prague” and “16” have been shown on Israel’s Channel 2.

Tania Hershman’s third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, was published by Unthank Books in May 2017, and her debut poetry collection, Terms & Conditions, by Nine Arches Press in July. Tania is also the author of a poetry chapbook, Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open, and two short story collections, My Mother Was An Upright Piano, and The White Road and Other Stories, and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers’ & Artists’ Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014). Tania is curator of short story hub ShortStops (, celebrating short story activity across the UK & Ireland, and has a PhD in creative writing inspired by particle physics. Hear her read her work on and find out more here:


Jessamyn Hope is a critically acclaimed novelist and memoirist. Her debut novel Safekeeping was a Boston Globe recommended read; acclaimed by The Globe and Mail; won the J.I. Segal Award in English Fiction; and was a finalist for both the Harold U. Ribalow Prize and the Paterson Fiction Prize. Her memoirs—originally published in Ploughshares, PRISM International, Colorado Review, and other literary magazines—have recently received two Pushcart Prize honorable mentions and been anthologized in the Best Canadian Essays, The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose and The New Spice Box: Canadian Jewish Writing. She was the Susannah McCorkle Scholar in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Born and raised in Montreal, she lived in Israel before moving to New York City. Learn more at

headshot nadsNadia Jacobson was born in London and currently lives in Jerusalem. She holds an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Bar-Ilan University, in addition to an MA in Philosophy from University College London and a BA in Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy from Cambridge University. Her fiction has appeared in Every Day Fiction, Annalemma Magazine, and a number of anthologies.


photo_croppedKaren Marron lives and writes in Tel Aviv. She received her MA in Creative Writing from Bar-Ilan University in 2008. Her flash essays have appeared in Drunken Boat, Hobart, Word Riot, Blunderbuss and Sundog Lit.



Image 4Jane Medved is the author of Deep Calls To Deep (winner of the Many Voices Project, New Rivers Press 2017) and the chapbook Olam, Shana, Nefesh (Finishing Line Press, 2014) Her recent essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast-Online, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Tampa Review, The Cortland Review, 2River View, The Atticus Review and Vinyl. A native of Chicago, Ill, she has lived for the last 25 years in Jerusalem.


Marcela SulakMarcela Sulak is the author of three poetry collections, most recently, Decency (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). She’s translated four collections of poetry from the Czech, French, and Hebrew, and has co-edited the 2015 Rose Metal Press title, Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Rattle, among others. She directs the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing and hosts the TLV.1 Radio podcast, “Israel in Translation.”

Janice - photoJanice Weizman is the author of the award-wining historical novel, The Wayward Moon, which came out in 2012 with Yotzeret publishing. A graduate of the Creative Writing program at Bar-Ilan University, Janice founded Ilanot, the former incarnation of The Ilanot Review, in 2009. Janice reviews books for The Jerusalem Report, and her work has appeared in Lilith, Consequence, Queen’s Quarterly, and other places,


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