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Nava EtShalom


I learned to talk in Jerusalem and to read in Brooklyn. Now I'm a writer, editor, and educator in Philadelphia.

You can read my poems online at Boston Review, AGNI, and Blackbird, and in print in FIELD, Mid-American Review and elsewhere. Listen to a few at soundcloud and Pennsound. My criticism has appeared in ZEEK, Upping the Anti, and The Nation online.

I'm a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation is on the Anglophone literary history of Zionism, and the appearances and occlusions within it of the Palestinian Nakba. 

I'm an alum of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan MFA program. My awards include a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a Pushcart nomination, the 92Y/Boston Review Discovery Prize, and two Academy of American Poets university prizes.

Since 2013 I've been recovering from a traumatic brain injury (bicycle, trolley tracks). I'm on medical leave, avoiding bicycles, and only occasionally found @netshalom.