Lisa Katz was born in New York and studied at the University of Michigan and the City College of New York, receiving a PhD (on the poetry of Sylvia Plath) from the English Department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she has lived since 1983. Her chapbook, Are You With Me, appeared in October 2016 (Finishing Line Press). Reconstruction, a volume of her poetry in Hebrew translation, was published in 2008 by Am Oved Press in Israel; also in 2008, she was awarded the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize and a Ledig House International Writers Residency. Katz taught literary translation at Hebrew University for a decade; she teaches translation at Ben Gurion University of the Negev now and then, and will be teaching two courses in Spring 2017.
Late Beauty: a bilingual selection of the poetry of Tuvia Ruebner, (with S. Bram) Zephyr Press, December 2016.
Suddenly the Sight of War: nationalism and violence in Hebrew poetry of the 1940s by Hannan Hever, Stanford University Press, February 2016
Approaching You in English: a bilingual selection of the poetry of Admiel Kosman (with S. Naim-Naor) Zephyr Press, 2011.
Look There: New and Selected Poems of Agi Mishol Graywolf Press, a Lannan Foundation Selection, 2006. The book was featured on a PBS special "Poetry of the Middle East" February 27, 2007 and reviewed in The New York Times (Poetry Chronicle, April 23, 2006) and The Jewish Daily Forward
Recent translations of Poems & Essays
“Dictate to me, Dahlia” Admiel Kosman in Ilanot Review November 2016
“After the horror” and “A small pillar of fire” Admiel Kosman in Modern Poetry in Translation, Fall 2016
“Voices for Freedom” Sayed Kashua in The New York Times August 19, 2016
Miri Ben Simhon in Poetry July-August 2016
I have never needed God
Admiel Kosman in Guernica, May 2, 2016 A SOLDIER
[“We dream that we’re asleep”] Admiel Kosman in Consequence, Spring 2016: vol 8
“Journey” Admiel Kosman in Tikkun September 2015
Almog Behar, “Alas, Baghdad Sits Solitary,” in World Literature Today 89:3-4 (May-August 2015)
“Beyond Amichai” about Israeli poetry in www.tabletmag.com
Audio: Katz can be heard speaking (in Hebrew) on this radio broadcast: On Poetry and Breast Cancer, מילים שמנסות לגעת July 4, 2010
Video: Katz interviews Poetry International Rotterdam guest poet Philip Nikolayev