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MICHAL GOVRIN

Michal Govrin was born in Tel Aviv, the daughter of an Israeli pioneer father and a mother who survived the Holocaust.  Working as a novelist, poet and theater director, Govrin has published eight books of poetry and fiction. Among her novels, The Name (HaShem, 1995), received the Kugel Literary Prize in Israel, and was nominated for the Koret Jewish Book Award in its English translation (published 1998). Snapshots (Hevzekim, 2002) was awarded the 2003 Akum Prize for the Best Literary Achievement of the Year, and is soon to be published in English translation.
      Govrin’s other books include Hold on to the Sun: Stories and Legends (1984), and three books of poetry, That Very Hour (1981), That Night’s Seder (1989), and Words’ Bodies (1991).  Her poetry and short fiction are widely anthologized in Hebrew and several other languages.  Govrin’s generically innovative book of prose poetry The Making of the Sea: a Chronicle of Interpretation (1998, 2000), was published with original etchings by the leading Israeli artist Liliane Klapish, while Body of Prayer (2000), was printed in New York under the co-authorship of Jacques Derrida and David Shapiro. Among her more recent projects, Govrin has edited her father, Pinchas Govrin’s We Were As Dreamers, a Family Saga (2005). Her latest collection of poetry, And So Said Jerusalem: Hymns and Poems, is soon to be published. 
      Michal Govrin received her Ph.D. at the University of Paris for her thesis,  Contemporary Sacred Theater, dealing with theater and religious ritual.  Among the pioneers of Jewish experimental theatre, Govrin has directed award-winning performances in all the major theatres in Israel. Among her many theatrical achievements are a world premiere dramatization of Samuel Beckett’s novel, Mercier and Camier, and the translation and direction of The Emigrants by Slawomir Mrojek, and of The Workshop by Jean Claude Grumberg.  Her experimental That Night's Seder was performed in 1989, while her stage adaptation, Gog and Magog, based on Martin Buber’s Hassidic novel, was created for the 1994 Israel festival, and is considered one of the groundbreaking works of contemporary Israeli theatre.
Govrin has published numerous non-fiction and personal essays, which have appeared in international journals and anthologies, in several languages.  Among these are “The Journey to Poland”, “The Case of the Jewish Biography” and “Martyrs or Survivors - Thoughts on the Mythic Dimension of the Story War”.
     Now residing in Jerusalem, Govrin is married and has two daughters. Govrin teaches at The School of Visual Theater, and is the academic chair of the Theater Department of The Emunah College, both in Jerusalem. She has taught at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, presents an annual lecture at The Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York, and is a former Writer in Residence and Aresty Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University.