Erez Bittonis an Israeli poet of Moroccan descent. He is the 2015 recipient of the Israel Prize for Hebrew Literature and Poetry. His collection, You Who Cross My Path, translated from the Hebrew by Tsipi Keller, was published by BOA in 2015. His first two books poetry revolutionized Hebrew literature and established him as the founding father of Mizrahi poetry. Bitton has served as chairman of the Hebrew Writers Association, and is the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Apyrion, which he founded in 1982. Among his other awards are the Miriam Talpir Prize, the Prime Minister's Prize, the Yehuda Amichai Prize, and the Bialik Prize for Lifetime Achievement.