The Ilanot Review

Fall 2016: Theft

Managing Editor
Janice Weizman

Fiction Editors
Katie Green
Nadia Jacobson
Janice Weizman

Nonfiction Editor
Karen Marron

Poetry Editors
Jane Medved
Marcela Sulak

Guest Fiction Editor
Karen E. Bender

Guest Nonfiction Editor
Jacqueline Kolosov

Flash Contest Editor
Mitch Ginsburg

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

IMG_9727Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection REFUND, a Finalist for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize; her novels are LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE and A TOWN OF EMPTY ROOMS. Her stories have appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, Zoetrope, Guernica, and others and reprinted in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South: the Year’s Best. She has also won two Pushcart Prizes. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. She is currently Visiting Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University. You can read more abut her work at


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.

Jackie & Marah profileJacqueline Kolosov‘s lyric memoir, Motherhood, and the Places Between, is forthcoming from Stillhouse Books in February 2017. Her third collection of poems is Memory of Blue (Salmon UK, 2014). She directs the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. With Marcela Sulak, she co-edited Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Genres (Rose Metal Press, 2015). Find her at

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.



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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