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Nava EtShalom


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

As a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, I write about 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 poems at soundcloud and Pennsound. My criticism has appeared in ZEEK, Upping the Anti, and The Nation online.

My work has won the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the 92Y/Boston Review Discovery Prize, and two Academy of American Poets university prizes. I’m an alum of the University of Michigan MFA program and Oberlin College.