Ms. Yael Hacohen



2017-Present                    PhD Student, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley.
2017                                   MFA, Creative Writing in the Field of Poetry, New York University.
                                    Thesis title: Between Sanctity and Sand.
2012                                                 LL.B., Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University.
2012                                                 Additional Program in Literature (BA), Creative Writing, Tel Aviv University.

Teaching Experience

2018                            Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley.

                                    Course title: Illegitimate Violence. Designing and teaching a course for undergraduate students, focusing on poetics of war and emergencies.

2017                            Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley.

                                    Course title: Imaginative Algorithms: Memory, Identity, Lyricality in Cybernetic Culture. Designing and teaching a course for undergraduate students, focusing on the non-linear interaction between digital technology and poetry.

2015                            Adjunct Instructor, New York University.

                                    Course title: Introduction to Fiction and Poetry. Designing and teaching a course for undergraduate students, focusing on translations of internationally acclaimed literary works.


Academic Journal Positions

2016                            Editor-in-Chief, Nine Lines Literary Review, devoted to writing by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Expanding the print review into an online journal.

2016                            International Editor, Washington Square Review, nationally distributed literary journal. Soliciting internationally renowned writers.

2015                            Assistant Awards Editor, Washington Square Review, nationally distributed literary journal. Selecting for ‎the yearly award in fiction, flash-fiction, and poetry.


Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

2022                            Fellow, Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Fellowship in the Art of Teaching Writing (DEKJ), UC Berkeley.

2021                            Grant, Rhetoric Department Supplemental Stipend, UC Berkeley.

2020                            Award, Returning Scientist, Israeli Ministry of Aliyah and Integration. Demonstrated significant academic achievement in social sciences.

2020                            Fellow, Doctoral Completion Fellowship (DCF), UC Berkeley.

2020                            Grant, Berkeley International Graduate Student Parent Grant, UC Berkeley.

2016                            Fellow, NYU Veterans Writing Workshop. As a fellow, I led a weekly writing workshop for recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading the weekly workshop, giving master classes, and co-creating the website (


Professional Affiliations

2021                                   Poets & Writers (P&W).

2019                                   Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).


Employment in the Field of Law: Admitted to Israeli Bar in 2013

2014                            Legal Translator, Cassouto-Noff & Co., a law firm in the arena of Corporate Law in Israel. Covering all aspects of legal translation for the firm, including translation of contracts, negotiation drafts and publications.

2013                            Articled Clerk, Gornitzky & Co., a law firm leading the arena of Corporate Law in Israel. Covering all aspects of a corporation's lifecycle, including the formation of companies, matters pertaining to share capital and shareholders' rights, public offerings as well as corporate governance issues.

2011                            Law Teacher for High School Matriculation, Mosinzon High School, Ort Holon High School, teaching law fundamentals and introduction to law school, Israel.

2010                            Volunteer in Pro-Bono Law Clinic, Refugee Rights Clinic, committed to the rights of refugees and aiding refugees to attain citizenship.

2010                                                 Volunteer as Legal Aid, The Heart, an organization committed to fighting poverty.






Forthcoming             Translator, “Gabriel: A Poem” by Edward Hirsch, Gabriel: A Poem was long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award. Translation into Hebrew, ed. Rafi Weichert in Keshev LaShira publishing house.
2021                           Poet, “Between Sanctity and Sand,” published by Finishing Line Press.
Book Endorsements by Yusef Komunyakaa (Pulitzer Prize winner, National Book Critics Award winner, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner, awarded Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets); Edward Hirsch (President of the Guggenheim Foundation, awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, and a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor); Deborah Landau (Director of NYU Creative Writing Program, awarded a Jacob K Javits Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship); Craig Morgan Teicher (Director of Digital Operations and Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly, Vice President of the National Book Critics Circle, and a Colorado Prize for Poetry winner).

Journal Publications and Competitions

Forthcoming             Genesis, The Missouri Review, the BLAST series.
Forthcoming             Ironstone, a Sonnet, Comstock Review, Finalist in the 2021 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Poetry Contest.
2020                            The First Time Rockets Fall in Tel Aviv, Mudfish 22, a journal of poetry, art, and fiction.
2019                            Peace, Prairie Schooner, literary magazine published quarterly at the University of Nebraska.
2018                            A Letter to Whoever is Wearing My Boots, Treehouse, online literary journal.
2018                                                 Honorable Mention in the 43rd New Millennium Awards for Flash Fiction.
2017                            Fortitude and Pre-Traumatic, The Wrath-Bearing Tree, online literary journal by combat veterans devoted to social justice.
2017                                                  Long listed in the American Short(er) Fiction​ Prize.
2017                            What I Forgot from my Wars and The Weight of a Jericho 941, The Poetry Review, Published by the Poetry Society, UK.
2017                                                  Finalist in the Schlafly Micro-Fiction Contest.
2017                                                  Long listed in the Fish Publishing Prize in Flash Fiction.
2017                            The First Time Rockets Fall in Tel Aviv and Chamal, Nine Lines Review, literary review devoted to writing by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2016                            Identity Card, Finalist in the Consequence ‎Prize in Poetry, an international literary magazine focusing on the culture and consequences of war.
2015                                                  Finalist in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize.
2015                            I Never Saw a Wild Thing Sorry for Itself, Bellevue Literary Review, independent literary journal that probes the nuances of our lives both in illness and in health
2014                            Unexplained, Every Day Poets ‎Magazine, poetry magazine published by Every Day Publishing Ltd.
2013                            Michal Doesn’t Like Ants, finalist in the MSLexia Poetry Prize for Women, a UK nationally distributed magazine.

Last Updated Date : 08/05/2022