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The Times of Israel on the life and work of Erez Bitton

Erez Bitton Image courtesy of The Times of Israel The Times of Israel recently published an article marking the lifetime accomplishments of Lod-based poet Erez Bitton. Bitton, who was born in Algeria, "has risen to the summit of the Israeli literary world," winning the 2014 Yehuda Amichai poetry prize and being presented with the Bialik Prize's lifetime achievement award this past December. Often considered the father of Mizrahi Isareli, a new and major tradition in the history of Hebrew poetry, Bitton's forthcoming collection, You Who Cross My Path (November 2015) dramatically expands the scope of biographical experience and cultural memory regarding Moroccan Jewish culture. The bilingual collection will be the first-ever U.S. publication of Bitton, translated by Tsipi Keller. The article thoroughly chronicles the poet's life as he moved from Morocco to Israel at the age of six, was blinded by a live hand grenade he found by his house at the age of ten, and how he discovered the beauty of poetry in the "Jewish Institute for the Blind in Jerusalem, which, he said, 'in essence saved my life.'" Click here to read the full article, which beautifully captures the amazing accomplishments of Erez Bitton. Keep your eye out for his remarkable new collection, to be published in our Lannan Translations Selection Series this fall.

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