Yehudit Ben-Zvi Heller

is a poet and translator who holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature.  Born and raised in Israel, Heller lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband and children. She is a lecturer in the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Heller’s poetry collections, in Hebrew, include: Ha’isha Beme’il Sagol [The Woman in the Purple Coat]; Kan Gam Bakayitz Hageshem Yored [Here, Even in the Summer it Rains]; and Mehalekhet al Khut shel Mayim [Pacing on a Thread of Water].  Forthcoming this year is Anakim Al Pney Ha’aretz [Giants in the Earth], her translation from English to Hebrew of Ole Edvart Rolvaag’s Saga of the Prairie.