Student Endorsements

"The Bar Ilan Creative Writing Program provides an enriching and inspiring environment for anyone considering the writing life. If you're looking to hone your craft, be it poetry, fiction or non-fiction, don't think twice. The instructors are nurturing, supportive, and deeply committed to the success of their students. Studying with them was one of the best decisions I've ever made."
Joanna Chen's poetry, literary translations and essays have been published most recently in GuernicaNarrativelyAsymptote and The Los Angeles Review of Books, where she writes a column. Less Like a Dove, a collection of poems by Israeli poet Agi Mishol and translated by Joanna, is forthcoming with Shearsman Books in 2016. Joanna lives in Israel's Ella Valley. Read more at
"I didn't move here for the program, but I found my way into it after a while. It's become like a second family for me, and a huge source of support for my writing. Because this is the only program of its kind in the country, it offers a unique place for people to come together and study writing. My classmates were a diverse group of writers from different backgrounds within Israel and all over the world."
Anthony Michael Morena is the author of The Voyager Record (Rose Metal Press 2016). His prose and poetry have appeared in Flapperhouse, the Normal School, The Ilanot Review, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse. He is originally from New York and currently lives in Tel Aviv, though he isn’t Jewish or Palestinian. He is graduate of the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing and a fiction reader for the literary arts journal Gigantic Sequins. Find him on Twitter as @anphimimor
"There are a lot of things that go into making a writing program great, but the attention and care Bar-Ilan students get from their writing teachers make all the difference. Over the last two years, my mentor has pushed me to question what and how I write, and I'm a much better writer for it."
Eliana Ramage holds a BA and MA in creative writing from Dartmouth College and Bar-Ilan University, respectively. A Cherokee Nation citizen, she is at work on a collection of linked stories concerning indigenous girls and women. She recently won the Grazia Deledda International Literary Prize, and her stories have appeared in the Beloit Fiction Journal, the Baltimore Review, and Four Chambers."