Alex Ben-Ari began writing poetry as a teenager and was first published after his army service. His debut volume of poetry, Yamim Samuiim (Concealed Seas), was awarded honorable mention at the 2008 Metulla Poetry Festival, and the poet is the recipient of the 2015 Helicon/Ramy Ditzanny Poetry Prize. A translator and co-editor (with Gilad Meiri and Noa Shkargy) of Nanopoetica, a journal of short form literature, Ben-Ari works as a computer engineer. He was born in the Soviet Union and brought to Israel by his parents at the age of three.
Ben-Ari's second book is composed of his original Hebrew haiku, Korat Hasha’ar (The Gatepost). About this genre and its Hebrew incarnations, Ben-Ari told a reporter:
Ben-Ari is married to poet Orit Gidali and the father of four.
Yamim Samuiim (Concealed seas). Carmel, Jerusalem 2008
Korat Hasha’ar (The Gatepost). An anthology of haiku. Mossad Bialik, Jerusalem, 2015
An interview with the poet
Alex Ben-Ari’s blog
Eli Hirsh on ‘To be a ripe peach, eaten’
A review of The Gatepost
The poet’s cover versions of hit songs
‘On the connection between writing computer code and writing poetry’
‘How to write a cover version of a hit song’
On the Nanopoetica journal
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