Ronny Someck

The distinguished Hebrew poet, Ronny Someck was born in Baghdad in 1951. He came to Israel as a young child. He studied Hebrew literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University and drawing at the Avni Academy of Art. Someck has worked with street gangs, and currently teaches literature and leads creative writing workshops. Author of nine volumes of poetry (The last, The Milk Underground) and books for children with his daughter Shirly (The Laughter Button), he has been translated into 39 languages.

Selections of his poems have appeared in Arabic translation, French (with the exile Iraqi poet- A.K. El-Janabi), Catalan, Albanian, Italian, Macedonian, Yiddish, Croatian and English.Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award, the Yehuda Amichai Award for Hebrew Poetry, the Wine Poem Award in Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia, 2005 and Hans Berghhuis prize for poetry 2006 in the Maastricht International Poetry Nights, Holland.

Someck has recorded with the musician Elliott Sharp 3 CD’s: “Revenge of the stuttering Child”, “Poverty Line” and “Short History of Vodka.”

In 1998, he made an exhibition “Nature’s Factory, Winter 2046″ with Beny Efrat in Israel Museum. Similarly, his exhibitions,” Hawadja Bialik” (2004) and “Rehal Madrid (2007) took place in The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan.

He is a member of the Public Council of Batsheva Dance Company and the Hebrew- Arabic Theatre.

He lives in Ramat-Gan with his wife and daughter.

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