RACHEL TZVIA BACK – poet, translator and professor of literature - has lived in Israel since 1980. Her poetry collections also include The Buffalo Poems and most recently On Ruins & Return: Poems 1999-2005. Her translations in Lea Goldberg: Selected Poetry and Drama were awarded a 2005 PEN Translation grant. Back is the editor and primary translator of the English edition of With an Iron Pen: Hebrew Protest Poetry 1984-2004, forthcoming from SUNY Press. She lives in the Galilee, in the north of Israel.