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Smoke and Mirrors: An Interview with Lea Klibanoff – Ron

Interview by Ilana Masad (Read the Story) December 18, 2017

Lea Klibanoff – Ron

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This interview is part of SmokeLong Quarterly‘s Global Flash Series and accompanies the story “Warm Milk” by Lea Klibanoff – Ron. Originally in Hebrew, the story has been translated into English by guest editor/translator Ilana Masad. To read the story, either in English or Hebrew, simply click on the “Read the Story” button above. To read Masad’s interview with Lea Klibanoff – Ron, in English or Hebrew, click on the links below: 

Smoke and Mirrors: An Interview with Lea Klibanoff – Ron (English)

Smoke and Mirrors: An Interview with Lea Klibanoff – Ron (עִברִית)

About the Author

ילידת ירושלים ומתגוררת בה. גדלה בחברה החרדית ולמדה במסגרות החינוך החרדי. בוגרת בהצטיינות של החוג למשפטים והחוג למחשבת ישראל באוניברסיטה העברית ובוגרת ביה”ס לקולנוע ‘מעלה’. בעברה רכזת הפעילות של תנועת השמאל הדתית “נתיבות שלום”. כותבת שותפה של המחזה ‘בפתח עיניים’, שהועלה בסטודיו למשחק ‘ניסן נתיב’ בירושלים בשנת 2008 ובמאית הסרט הדוקומנטרי ‘המשיח תמיד יבוא’, שהוקרן בפסטיבל ‘דוקאביב’ בשנת 2010 ובמקומות שונים בעולם ובישראל. זוכת המלגה הבין-לאומית של קרן פוזן (Posen Foundation), לכתיבת רומן ביכורים בשנת 2013 וזוכת הפרס הראשון בתחרות כתיבה יהודית-נשית לשנת 2016. פרסמה שירים בכתבי-עת שונים וכיום חברה במערכת המוסף הספרותי הוירטואלי ‘המוסך’, המתפרסם במסגרת בלוג הספרייה הלאומית. ילדה לפני חודש וחצי את בנה הבכור.

Jerusalem-born and dwelling. Grew up Haredi, and studied in the Haredi education system. Graduated with honors from Hebrew University, majoring in Law and Jewish Thought, and graduate of Ma’aleh School of Television, Film & the Arts. Served as activities coordinator of the religious left-wing movement Netivot Shalom. Co-writer of Befetach Enayim, a play put on at Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in Jerusalem in 2008, and director of The Messiah Will Always Come, a documentary screened at Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival in 2010 as well as elsewhere in Israel and the world. Winner of the international Posen Foundation fellowship in 2013 for writing her debut novel, and first-place winner of the Yaacov Herzog Center’s Jewish Women writing contest in 2016. Has published poems in various journals and is a member of Mussach, a literary supplement blog of the National Library of Israel. Recently gave birth to her firstborn son.

About the Interviewer

Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American fiction writer and book critic. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Tin House’s Open Bar, Printer’s Row, Joyland Magazine, Vice, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and more. She is the founder and host of The Other Stories, a podcast featuring fiction writers, and can be found tweeting too much @ilanaslightly.

This interview appeared in Issue Fifty-Eight of SmokeLong Quarterly.
SmokeLong Quarterly Issue Fifty-Eight

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