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Mati Shemoelof

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(curator) is a Arab-Jew poet, author and a journalist living in Berlin. His various writings include seven poetry books, plays, articles, and a collection of short stories. He was one of the founders of the group “Poetic Hafla”, that has created literary, music & art performance events featuring a diverse collection of artists from all over the world. He is one of the founders of “Anu אנו نحن: Jews and Arabs writing in Berlin”. The aim of this literary group is to promote a cultural dialogue between writers and artists from the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa. His first publication in Germany was a bilingual edition of his poems Baghdad | Haifa | Berlin on AphorismA Verlag, 2019.

A year later (2020) he published a small book, Bleiben oder widerstehen: Wem gehört die deutsche Kultur und andere Texte und Gedichte with AphorismA Verlag. This year (2021) he published his first novel The Prize with Pardes Publishing House.

The Prize, 2021, Pardes Publishing House, Haifa (Israel).

Bleiben oder widerstehen: Wem gehört die deutsche Kultur und andere Texte und Gedichte, 2020, AphorismA Verlag, Berlin.

An Eruption from the East: Re visiting the emergence of the Mizrahi artistic explosion and its imprint on the Israeli cultural narrative, 2020, Iton 77 publishers (Israel).

Bagdad – Haifa – Berlin, 2019, AphorismA Verlag, Berlin.

Five Poems in: “Was es bedeuten soll. Neue hebräische Dichtung in Deutschland”, 2019, Parasitenpresse, Verlag für neue Literatur, edited by: Gundula Schiffer and Adrian Kasnitz.

 A poem in: Grand Tour: Reisen durch die junge Lyrik Europas, Herausgegeben von Federico Italiano and Jan Wagner, Hanser Verlag, 2019, page 201. Aus dem Hebräischen von Jan Kühne.

…reißt die Mauern ein zwischen ‘uns’ und ‘ihnen’, 2018, AphorismA Verlag, Berlin.

Das Kunftige Ufer, 2018. WDR Radio.

Hebrew from its inner insiders, 2017, Pardes publishers (Israel).

Remnants of the Cursed Book, 2014, Kinneret Zmora publishers (Israel).

Last Tango in Berlin, 2014, Booxilla, Berlin (Israel).

Appetite for Hunger, 2013, Nahar-Sfarim, Tel-Aviv. (Israel).


Grand Opening – The Middle East Union
Thu, 12. Aug // 20:00, BABYLON

Declaration of the MEU
Sun, 15. Aug // 20:00, Novilla