David Avidan

Posted on 19 April 2010

Poet, painter, filmmaker, playwright and publisher David Avidan (1934-1995) was born in Tel Aviv, where he lived and worked. A major force in contemporary Hebrew poetry and a leading innovator and artist, Avidan published nineteen books of poetry, as well as plays and children’s books. His work has been translated into twenty languages, and collections of his poems have been published in French, Russian and Arabic. He wrote and directed four short films (his film, Sex, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1971), and translated Chekhov and Brecht, among others, into Hebrew. The first volume (of scheduled four) of his Collected Poems, appeared in Israel in 2009. Among his awards: the Abraham Woursell Award from the University of Vienna, the Bialik Award, and the Prime Minister award. Most recently, his work, as translated by Tsipi Keller, has appeared in Drunken Boat, in the anthology Poets on the Edge: An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry (SUNY¬†¬†Press), and is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review (Fall Issue, 2010).


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