The Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program

Creative Writing Faculty, 2016-17

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Ilana Blumberg

Program Director, Creative Non-Fiction

Ilana Blumberg is author of Houses of Study: a Jewish Woman among Books, which won the Sami Rohr Choice Award in 2008 and was a runner up for both the National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies and the Moment Magazine Emerging Writer Award. Her essays have appeared in such publications as Michigan Quarterly Review; Image: a Journal of Religion and the Arts; and Lilith. She is currently at work on a manuscript entitled, "A Real Live Professor': Stories of Teaching and Learning in American Classrooms, from Kindergarten to the University."

Evan Fallenberg

Fiction Coordinator

Evan Fallenberg iis the author of two novels, Light Fell (2008) and When We Danced on Water (2011), which won the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award for Literature and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. His selected translations include novels and creative nonfiction (Meir Shalev's My Russian Grandmother’s American Vacuum Cleaner and A Pigeon and a Boy, winner of the National Jewish Book Award and runner-up for a PEN Translation Prize; Alon Hilu's Death of a Monk and The House of Rajani; Ron Leshem's Beaufort, runner-up for a Times Literary Supplement Prize for the Translation of Hebrew Literature; Yair Lapid'sMemories After My Death); theater and libretti (Gilad Evron's Ulysses on Bottles; Lior Navok's The Little Mermaid and Pinocchio); television and film (Adir Miller's House of Brown; Savi Gabizon's Longing); and miscellaneous fun stuff, like Max Brenner's Chocolate: A Love Story.  Fallenberg was a guest faculty member of the MFA program in creative writing at City University of Hong Kong and the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt.  He is the founder and artistic director of Arabesque: An Arts & Residency Center in Old Acre. Visit his website..

William Kolbrener

Creative Non-Fiction

William KolbrenerChair of the English Department, teaches Creative Non-Fiction in the program. A prolific essayist, his writings have appeared in the Jewish Daily Forward, Haaretz, the Jewish Review of Books, and Washington Post, among other publicationsHis much-praised first book of essays, Open-Minded Torah: Of Irony, Fundamentalism and Love was published by Continuum in 2011.  (Go to his website to read more about the book and find links to other esssays.)   Prof. Kolbrener is also a noted Miltonist and scholar of the Early Modern period in British literature and has written on the connection between literary theory and Jewish thought.  
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Michael P. Kramer

The William Solomon Jewish Arts Seminar

Michael P. Kramer was the founding editor of MAGGID: A Journal of Jewish Literature, is a co-organizer of Kisufim: The Jerusalem Conference of Jewish Writers, and serves on the advisory boards of The Sami Rohr Prize for Emerging Jewish Writers and of JewishFiction.net.  He has authored and edited numerous books and essays on Jewish and American literature, including Imagining Language in AmericaNew Essays on Seize the DayThe Cambridge Companion to Jewish American LiteratureModern Jewish Literatures, and The Turn Around Religion in America (click here for more).  His annotated translation of S. Y. Agnon's And the Crooked Shall be Made Straight is due out from Toby Press in 2016.  He received his doctoral degree from Columbia University and taught at Princeton University and the University of California, Davis, before coming to Israel in 1994. 
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Marcela Sulak


Marcela Sulak received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas and MFA from the University of Notre Dame. Her three collections of poetry include: Decency (2015),  Immigrant (2010) and the chapbook Of All the Things that Don’t Exist, I Love You Best (2008). Her poetry translations include foundational Romantic-period Czech texts by Karel Hynek Macha & K.J. Erben, which have subtitled  performances in the Prague National Theater and Czech animation and film. She's translated the Congolese poet  Mutombo Nkulu-N’Sengha, and, from the Hebrew, Orit Gidali.  She is co-editor of Family Resemblances: An Anthology and Exploration of Eight Hybrid Literary Forms (2015). Her essays have won runner up in the Iowa Review nonfiction prize, and have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books and Rattle.  Her work has been featured in the United States Library of Congress, and on Washington, DC metro buses. She hosts the TLV.1 radio show "Israel in Translation" and is an editor at Tupelo Review and The Ilanot Review
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Linda Stern Zisquit

Poetry Coordinator

Linda Stern Zisquit  teaches poetry and poetry translation. Educated at Tufts University, Harvard University and SUNY Buffalo, she has published five full-length collections of poetry, Return from Elsewhere (co-winner, Outriders Poetry Project, 2014), Havoc: New and Selected Poems(Sheep Meadow Press, 2013), The Face in the Window (Sheep Meadow Press, 2004)Unopened Letters (Sheep Meadow, 1996) and Ritual Bath (Broken Moon, 1993). In addition her translations from Hebrew include These Mountains: Selected Poems of Rivka Miriam (Toby Press, 2010), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award (Poetry), Let the Words: Selected Poems of Yona Wallach (Sheep Meadow, 2006) and Wild Light: Selected Poems of Yona Wallach (Sheep Meadow, 1997) for which she won an NEA Translation Grant and was short-listed for a PEN Translation Award. She has lived in Jerusalem since 1978 with her husband and five children. She runs ARTSPACE, a Jerusalem art gallery representing contemporary Israeli artists.
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Dalia Rosenfeld


Dalia Rosenfeld is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  She is the recipient of the Mississippi Review Prize, The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, Carve Magazine's Editor's Choice Award, and Moment Magazine's Short Fiction Award.  Her stories have appeared in such journals as The Atlantic Monthly, AGNI, Los Angeles Review, Colorado Review, FICTION, Mississippi Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Bellingham Review, and Moment Magazine, and have received recognition by such writers as Nicole Krauss, Frederick Barthelme, Lynn Sharon Schwartz, Stuart Dybek, and Jonathan Safran Foer. Her collection of short stories, THE WORLDS WE THINK WE KNOW, is forthcoming with Milkweed Press.  
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Assaf Gavron

Mentor, Fiction

Assaf Gavron is an Israeli writer and translator. He is the author of five novels (IceMovingAlmost DeadHydromania and The Hilltop), a short story collection (Sex in the Cemetery) and a collection of newspaper columns (Eating Standing Up). His fiction was translated into many languages and adapted to the stage and cinema. He is the winner of several awards including the Israeli Prime Minister's Creative Award for Authors, Buch fuer die Stadt in Germany, and Prix Courrier International in France. Gavron is responsible for the highly-regarded English-to-Hebrew translations of J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories, Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and Jonathan Safran Foer’s novels. His latest novel, The Hilltop, was published by Scribner's in the US in 2014.
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Matan Hermoni

Mentor, Fiction

Matan Hermoni is an Israeli novelist, translator and scholar and winner of the Israeli Prime Minister’s creative Award for Authors. His debut novel Hebrew Publishing Company (2011) won the Bernstein award and was short listed for the Sapir Prize. His second novel, Arba Aratzot, was published recently and was widely acclaimed by critics. A collection of translations from the Yiddish he edited was published in 2012 includes his own translations into Hebrew of Isaac Bashevis  Singer and Moyshe Nadir. He has also published a series of translations into Hebrew of Moyshe Leyb Halpern’s poems in the HO! poetry journal. Hermoni is the editor of the Davka Yiddish Journal and publishes literary criticism and essays at the literary supplements of Ha’aretz. He received his doctoral degree from Ben Gurion University of the Negev and teaches university courses in Hebrew and Yiddish literature. 

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Joan Leegant

Mentor, Fiction

Joan Leegant is the author of a novel, Wherever You Go, and a story collection,An Hour in Paradise, which won the PEN/New England Book Award, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Recent work has appeared in The LiterarianThe Normal School and Colorado Review, where it was awarded the Nelligan Prize for Fiction and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 
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