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The Ilanot Review

Summer 2017: Letters

Managing Editor
Janice Weizman

Fiction Editors
Mitch Ginsburg
Katie Green
Nadia Jacobson
Janice Weizman

Nonfiction Editors
Karen Marron
Marcela Sulak

Poetry Editors
Jane Medved

Guest Poetry Editor
Hadara Bar-Nadav

Guest Fiction Editor
Judith Claire Mitchell

Production Editor
Karen Marron

Yossi Nachemi


The Ilanot Review began in 2009 as the literary journal Ilanot, which was created as a forum where students and graduates of the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University could present their work.

In 2011, Ilanot was re-incarnated as The Ilanot Review, a biannual journal of creative writing which publishes a stellar selection of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and literary interviews.

The Ilanot Review is produced by a small but dedicated staff of volunteer editors. We publish two themed issues a year, which invite submissions from English-language poets and writers from anywhere in the world.

The Ilanot Review rated and reviewed in The Review Review

Interview with Managing Editor Janice Weizman in The Review Review


The Ilanot Review Staff

Hadara Bar-NadavHadara Bar-Nadav is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her newest book of poetry, The New Nudity, is forthcoming from Saturnalia Books in 2017. She is the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize. She is also author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace (Tupelo Press, 2015), awarded the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press 2010), awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize. In addition, she is co-author with Michelle Boisseau of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson/Longman, 2011). Her poetry has recently appeared in American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


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.


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’s full-length poetry collection Deep Calls To Deep was the winner of the 2016 Many Voices Project and is forthcoming from New Rivers Press. Her chapbook “Olam, Shana, Nefesh” was released by Finishing Line Press in 2014. Recent essays and poems have appeared in Lilith Magazine, Mudlark, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and New American Writing. A native of Chicago, Illinois, she has lived for the last 25 years in Jerusalem, Israel.

judy_3Judith Claire Mitchell is an author and educator living in Madison, Wisconsin. The New York Times called her first novel, The Last Day of the War, “a bravura performance” and the Deseret News named it the best historical novel of 2004. Her second novel, A Reunion of Ghosts, which was published in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Poland (as The Subtle Charm of Suicide), and is forthcoming in Taiwan and Israel, was a finalist for the 2015 National Jewish Book Award; a finalist for the 2015 Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish Fiction; a co-recipient of the 2015 Friends of American Writers Award in Literature; the recipient of the 2015 Edna Ferber Book Prize; and a Waterstones Booksellers’ 2016 Book Club Selection. Judy has additionally received awards and fellowships from the James Michener/Copernicus Society of America, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, among others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Judy currently teaches in the University of Wisconsin’s Program of Creative Writing, where she is the Dorothy Draheim Professor of English. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she lives in a small house in the woods along with her husband, the visual artist Don Friedlich, their West Highland white terrier, Josie, and a massive flock of wild turkeys.


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, and is forthcoming in Queen Mob’s Tea House.


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