Aryeh Sivan
(Mandatory Palestine, 1929–2015)
by Lisa Katz Aryeh Sivan’s poetry has been said to evoke a sense of shared public experience at the same time that it expresses provocation and protest. Sivan (né Bomstein) was born in Tel Aviv in 1929. He fought in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence as a member of the elite Palmach unit, then studied Hebrew language and literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked as a high-school teacher until his retirement. He has published sixteen collections of poetry and a novel and is the recipient of several important awards, including the Brenner Prize (1989), the Bialik Prize …

Hezy Leskly
(Israel, 1952–1994)
by Lisa Katz Poet, choreographer and dance critic Hezy Leskly was born in Israel to Czech Holocaust survivors; he died young, of AIDS, at the height of his creative powers. He had the courage to publicly out his sexual identity as an artist, and also to advance …

Dan Pagis
(Romania, 1930–1986)
by Lisa Katz Dan Pagis was born into a German-speaking family in Radauti, Bukovina in Romania (now the Ukraine), in what was once a multi-cultural part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, also the birthplace of poet Paul Celan and Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld, …

David Vogel
(Russia, 1891–1944)
by Noa Limone “I love him very much,” says Lilach Netanel, the scholar who discovered the manuscript of Vogel’s lost novel ‘Viennese Romance’ last year. “He was something of a total failure when it came to doing things. He …
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