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Shirley Kaufman

Born in Seattle, Washington, Shirley Kaufman lived in San Francisco until 1973 when she immigrated to Jerusalem. A prize-winning American-Israeli, eight volumes of her poetry have been published in the USA, most recently Roots in the Air: New and Selected Poems (1996) and Threshold (2003), both by Copper Canyon Press which has also just published her ninth and latest collection, Ezekiel's Wheels (2009).  Her Selected Poems, translated into Hebrew by Aharon Shabtai, with Dan Pagis and Dan Miron, was published by the Bialik Press in Jerusalem in 1995. Kaufman has also published several books of translations from the Hebrew of Abba Kovner and Amir Gilboa and the Dutch of Judith Herzberg. Her translations of the poems of Meir Wieseltier, The Flower of Anarchy, published by the University of California Press in 2003, won a translation grant from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006, she was awarded the Israel President’s Prize for an Israeli poet writing in English, which was presented at the President's house by Shimon Peres the following year.  


2010 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence

Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America

Alice Fay di Castagnola Award

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