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Henry Israeli

Henry Israeli

Associate Teaching Professor
Director, Drexel Writing Festival
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 311 Stratton
Phone: 215.571.3436
Fax: 215.895.1071


  • BA, English, McGill University, 1990
  • MFA, Creative Writing (Poetry), University of Iowa, 1993
  • MFA, Theater Arts (Playwriting), University of Iowa


I have taught in Drexel’s First-Year Writing Program and the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University since 2004. Aside from teaching, I am a poet, translator, and founder and editor of Saturnalia Books, a publisher of contemporary poetry. I have also published several books of my own, and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Canada Council on the Arts, and elsewhere.

Selected Publications:

  • god's breath hovering across the waters (Author). New York: Four Way Books, 2016
  • Haywire (Translator: poetry by Luljeta Lleshanaku). London: Bloodaxe, 2012
  • Praying to the Black Cat (Author). Washington: Del Sol Press, 2010
  • Child of Nature (Editor and Translator; poetry by Luljeta Lleshanaku). New York: New Directions, 2010
  • New Messiahs (Author). New York: Four Way Books, 2002
  • Fresco: Selected Poetry of Luljeta Lleshanaku (Edited, Translated and with an Afterword by Henry Israeli). New York: New Directions, 2002
  • Lleshanaku, Luljeta. Birds, Beasts, and Seas: Nature Poems from New Directions. Ed. Jeffrey Yang. (New Directions, 2011)
  • Lleshanaku, Luljeta. Between Water and Song. Norman Minnick, ed. (White Pine, 2010)
  • Lleshanaku, Luljeta. New European Poets. Eds. Kevin Prufer & Wayne Miller (Graywolf, 2008)
  • Lleshanaku, Luljeta. World Beat. Ed. Elliot Weinberger. (New Directions, 2006)
  • Israeli, Henry. “The Bicycle Ride,” The Art of Bicycling: A Treasury of Verse. Ed. Justin Belmont. (Breakaway Books, 2005)
  • Israeli, Henry. “Sway”, Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets. Eds. Brett Fletcher Lauer & Aimee Kelly. (Amherst: Verse Press, 2004)
  • Lleshanaku, Luljeta (trans. Henry Israeli), Electrolytes. Anthology of Magazine Verse: Yearbook of American Poetry 1997. Ed. Alan F. Pater (Baker & Taylor, 1998)
  • Someck, Ronny (trans. Henry Israeli), “Lion’s Milk”, Keys to the Garden, Ed. Ammiel Alcalay (San Francisco: City Lights, 1997)

* More than 100 poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including American Poetry Review, Tin House, Grand Street, Verse, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, and elsewhere.