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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.

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

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

In 2014 I received the 92Y/Boston Review Discovery Prize. My other poetry awards include a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a Pushcart nomination, and two Academy of American Poets university prizes. I’m an alum of the University of Michigan MFA program and Oberlin College.

Since 2013 I’ve been recovering from a traumatic brain injury (bicycle, trolley tracks). I’m on medical leave from Penn, avoiding bicycles, and mostly off the internet, so the best way to get in touch is this contact button.