Annie Kantar Ben-Hillel

Annie Kantar Ben-Hillel is a poet, translator, and teacher of writing, language, and literature. She is the director of the English Program at Shalem College.

Her collection of poetry, Means to Be Lucky, appeared with Poets & Traitors Press in 2023. Her English translation of the Book of Job, commissioned by Koren Publishers, appeared in 2021 and her translation from the Hebrew of Leah Goldberg’s collection of poems, With This Night (University of Texas Press, 2011), was shortlisted for the American Literary Translators Association Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in journals such as The American Literary Review, Barrow Street, Bennington Review, Cincinnati Review, Gulf Coast, Literary Imagination, Painted Bride Quarterly, Poetry Daily, Poetry International, Rattle, Saint Katherine’s Review, Smartish Pace, Tikkun, and Verse Daily, and anthologized in Plume Anthology 9 (Canisy Press, 2021), The Art of Poetry (Classical Academic Press, 2009), and elsewhere. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and Fulbright Scholarship, Kantar Ben-Hillel has also led creative writing and literary translation seminars at a variety of universities, including the University of Maryland, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

Selected Publications


Means To Be Lucky, full-length collection of poems (Poets & Traitors Press, The New School, Spring 2023).

The Book of Job (literary translation commissioned by Koren Publishers, 2021).

With This Night, literary translation from the Hebrew of the final collection of poetry that Leah Goldberg published during her lifetime, University of Texas Press (June 2011).

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