About Want

The Ilanot Review

Fall 2022



Managing Editor
Marcela Sulak

Guest Editor for Poetry
W. Todd Kaneko

Guest Editor for Creative Nonfiction
Jill Talbot

Guest Editor for Microfiction
Gary Fincke

Poetry Editor
Marcela Sulak

Creative Nonfiction Editor
Jane Medved

Fiction Editors
Nadia Jacobson
Mitch Ginsburg

Assistant Fiction Editor
Anat Hinkis-Atzmon

Production Editor
Karen Marron

Production Assistant
Rachel Twersky

Yossi Nachemi

Founding Editor
Janice Weizman


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 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

Gary Fincke’s books have won the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction, The Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Nonfiction Prose, and what is now the Wheeler Prize for Poetry. His latest collections are Nothing Falls from Nowhere: Stories (Stephen F. Austin, 2021) and The Mussolini Diaries: Poems (Serving House, 2020). His work was recently chosen to appear in Best American Essays 2020 and Best Small Fictions 2020. Recent flash stories have been published at Craft, WigLeaf, Atticus Review, Ghost Parachute, Pithead Chapel, and Flash Boulevard.

Mitch Ginsburg, a graduate of the Shaindy Rudoff program at Bar-Ilan University, has translated works of fiction and non-fiction from Hebrew to English, including Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua and The World of the End by Ofir Touche Gafla. His most recent translation is Sayed Kashua’s Track Changes, published by Grove.



Anat Hinkis-Atzmon holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the Shaindy Rudoff Program at Bar Ilan. After spending many years living in New York and London, she now writes and translates from her home in Tel Aviv.



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.


Photo: Tyler Steimle

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of the poetry books This Is How the Bone Sings and The Dead Wrestler Elegies. He is co-author with Amorak Huey of the poetry chapbook Slash / Slash and Poetry: A Writers’ Guide and Anthology. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Alaskan Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, The Normal School, Barrelhouse, Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, the American Academy of Poets Poem-A-Day, and elsewhere. A Kundiman Fellow, he lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he teaches at Grand Valley State University.


photo_croppedKaren 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.

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). 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 SulakMarcela 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.

Jill Talbot is the author of The Way We Weren’t: A Memoir and Loaded: Women and Addiction, a collection of personal essays. She is the editor of Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction and the forthcoming The Essay Form(s) from Columbia University Press. Her essays have appeared in AGNI, Brevity, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, LitMag, Southwest Review, The Rumpus, and The Paris Review Daily, among others. A Distant Town: Stories, the winner of the 2021 Jeanne C. Leiby Chapbook Contest, will be published in Summer 2022 from The Florida Review.

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/



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