Nava EtShalom learned to talk in Jerusalem and to read in Brooklyn. Now she writes, teaches, and edits in Philadelphia.
As a doctoral candidate in English at Penn, she writes about the Anglophone literary history of Zionism in the long 20th century, and the appearances and occlusions within it of the Palestinian Nakba. As an editor, she’s consulted with This American Life, Next City, and individual writers, artists, and activists. Her poetry has won the 92Y/Boston Review Discovery Award, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, two Academy of American Poets university prizes, and other awards. She’s an alum of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan MFA program. She’s on hiatus from crowds, graduate school, and bowling alleys while she recovers from a traumatic brain injury (bicycle, trolley tracks).