Maya Arad is an acclaimed author of Hebrew narrative prose and verse. Her debut novel in verse, “Another Place, a Foreign City” (Tel Aviv 2003) became a best-seller, was on the final shortlist for the Sapir prize (the Israeli “Booker”) and was adapted as a musical by the Kameri Theater.
She has since published a play in verse, “The Righteous Forsaken”, a Hebrew adaptation of Griboedov’s Woe from Wit (Tel Aviv 2005). These two books made her a leading figure of the revival of form in contemporary Hebrew verse. Her more recent books include “Seven Moral Failings”, a novel (Tel Aviv 2006), “Family Pictures”, a collection of three novellas (Tel Aviv 2008), “Positions of Stress: Essays on Israeli Literature between Sound and History” (Tel Aviv 2008), “Short Story Master” (Tel Aviv 2009) and “Suspected Dementia” (Tel Aviv 2011). “Another Place, a Foreign City” was chosen by Yedioth Achronot (one of Israel’s leading newspapers) to be included in its list of Ten Books of the Decade 2000-2010, while Ma’ariv (another leading newspapers) chose “Seven Moral Failings” for its own list of Twenty Books of the Decade 2000-2010.
Maya Arad has obtained her BA in Classics from Tel Aviv University and a PhD in Linguistics from University College, London. She is the author of “Roots and Patterns: Hebrew Morpo-Syntax” (Dordrecht 2005). She has taught at the universities of Harvard, Geneva and Stanford. She is currently a Writer in Residence at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford since 2009.