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Visiting Faculty

Each year, our program brings accomplished writers and poets to teach for a semester as visiting faculty. In the past, visiting faculty members have included such distinguished writers and poets as Wanda Coleman, Joanne Mescherry, Steve Kowitt, Jericho Brown, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Lidia Yuknavitchm and numerous others. They are a distinguished group that includes winners of American Book Award, Whiting Writers Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, finalists for PEN-Faulkner Award and LA Times Book Award, authors of popular text-books on creative writing, and active practicing writers.

For 2023-2024, we are proud to welcome:

Uri Bar-onUri Bar-on has continuously created worldwide acclaimed shorts, documentaries, and fiction. His debut feature film, "10% my child," won the Israeli Academy Award for the best indie film and was nominated for Best Israeli Film of the Year.  His documentary series "Under the iron dome" was nominated for 3 Israeli T.V. academy awards, including best series and best director. His short documentary "72 Virgins" was screened at Sundance and Tribeca film festivals. His short drama "A Different Love Song" won Best Short at Marbella Film Festival. Uri has now written and directed for nearly every broadcast company in Israel, and his work was screened on major worldwide television stations such as Arte. Uri is also a lecturer at Reichman University, Minshar School for the Arts, and Beit Berl College. For more info, visit

Visiting Israeli Scholars and Artists are supported by the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative.

Maya Tevet DayanMaya Tevet Dayan is a is an Israeli-Canadian poet and writer. She's the recipient of the Israeli Prime Minister award for literature for 2018, and an honorable mention from the Kugel Poetry Prize for 2016. Poems from her three critically acclaimed poetry collections have been translated into English, Spanish, German and Chinese, and have appeared ןn Modern Poetry in Translation, World Literature Today, Literary Review of Canada, Granta, Asymptote, The New Quarterly, Rattle, Copper Nickle, Cagibi and others. Her poem “Foreign-ness” was a finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize for 2019, and her poem “Cotton” won the 2021 Rhino translation prize. She holds a PhD in Indian Philosophy and Literature and her translations of Sanskrit Poetry have appeared in various venues in Israel, the US and India. Her latest book, “Feminism, as I Told it to My Daughters” (Israel, 2023) is a short memoir in essays based on her highly popular feminist columns and essays published over the years in “Haaretz” magazine.   

Visiting Israeli Scholars and Artists are supported by the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative.