Roy Chicky Arad was awarded a Fullbright International Writing Program Fellowship (at the University of Iowa) to write his eighth book, a poetry collection temporarily titled, “Round Things”. Arad is a poet, author, journalist, musician, and social activist. Arad invented Kimo poetry, a hairy Hebrew version of Haiku. His books include The Kushite, 2000 (Shadurian); Aerobic, 2003 (Shadurian); Paintings and Poetry, 2003 (Tal Esther); Guns and Credit Cards, 2009 (Plonit); The Israeli Dream, 2010 (Xargol); The Pelican, 2013 (Xargol); and The Aircraft Carrier, 2014 (Maayan). Additionally, he released seven musical albums. Arad is the editor of Maayan poetry, prose and ideas magazine, a journalist for Haaretz newspaper and one of the founders of the “Cultural Guerrilla” group.
Tehila Hakimi was awarded a Fulbright International Writing Program Fellowship (at the University of Iowa), to write her first novel, titled temporarily - I Shot America. The novel stems from her previous interest in the relationship between gender, work and violence, and elaborates on it. Tehila Hakimi is a Poet, a Writer and a Mechanical Engineer. Her books: We’ll Work Tomorrow (poems). 2014; In the Water (graphic novel) with illustrations by Liron Cohen. 2016; Company (novellas). Resling Publishing House: The Lab Series for Contemporary Literature, forthcoming 2018. Tehila received the Israeli Minister of Culture Prize for Emerging Poets 2014 and The Bernstein Prize for Literature 2015.