The Ilanot Review
Fall 2023-Summer 2024
Guest Editor for Poetry
The Ilanot Review is an international journal publishing a variety of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and genres in between. We especially love translations and hybrid work. For each issue, guest editors join permanent volunteer staff, who are alumni and faculty from the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. We strive to create conversations here that could occur nowhere else.
The Ilanot Review Staff
Ann Fisher-Wirth’s seventh book of poems is Paradise Is Jagged (Terrapin Books, 2023). Her sixth is The Bones of Winter Birds, and her fifth, a poetry/photography collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay, is Mississippi. With Laura-Gray Street, she coedited The Ecopoetry Anthology and will be coediting The Ecopoetry Anthology: Volume II. A senior fellow of the Black Earth Institute, she has had Fulbrights to Switzerland and Sweden, and residencies at Djerassi, Hedgebrook, The Mesa Refuge, Storyknife, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of three poetry fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize, the 2023 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Literature and Poetry from the Mississippi Arts Commission, and other awards. Ann retired in 2022 from the University of Mississippi, where she taught in the MFA program and directed the Environmental Studies program for many years. Until recently, she also taught yoga at Southern Star in Oxford, MS.
Nadia 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 or is forthcoming in The Miramichi Review, The Waking, Meniscus, Annalemma, The Binnacle, Every Day Fiction and a number of anthologies. She is currently working on two interweaving novels.
Karen Marron is the author of the fiction chapbook BASS 1998, published in 2020 by Gold Line Press. Her work has also appeared in The Bellingham Review, Entropy, and Unbroken Journal, among others. She received her MA in Creative Writing from Bar-Ilan University in 2008, and currently lives in Queens. Find her at karenmarron.com.
Jane 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). Recent work has appeared in Ruminate, The North American Review, The Cider Press Review, The Normal School, and The Seneca Review. Her awards include winner of the 2020 RHINO translation prize and Honorable Mention – 2021 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Her translations of Hebrew poetry can be seen in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cajibi and Copper Nickel.
Marcela Sulak is the author of three poetry collections, most recently, City of Sky Papers (Black Lawrence Press, 2021) and the lyrical memoir Mouth Full of Seeds (2020). Her four translated collections of poetry from the Czech, French, and Hebrew have been awarded the NEA Translation Fellowship and long-listed for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She has co-edited the 2015 Rose Metal Press title, Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. Associate Professor of Literature, Sulak directs the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing.
Yoni Hammer-Kossoy is a poet, translator, and educator. Winner of the 2020 Andrea Moriah Prize in Poetry, his writing appears in numerous international journals and anthologies. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Yoni has lived with his family in Jerusalem for the last 25 years. Yoni’s first poetry collection, “The Book of Noah”, was published by Grayson Books in April 2023, and his first full-length translation of a Hebrew poetry collection, “Ana Samar – I Am Samar” by Zmira Poran Zion, was published in September 2023.
Rachel Twersky was born and raised in Philadelphia. After an extended stint living abroad, she has returned to the USA to complete her M.A. in Publishing and Writing at Emerson College. She holds a B.A. from Bar Ilan University in English Literature and Linguistics. For more information about her: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-twersky/
Letters to the Editor are welcome via email.