Maya Tevet Dayan is an Israeli-Canadian poet and writer. She is the recipient of the Israeli Prime Minister's Award for Literature for 2018 and an honorable mention from the Kugel Poetry Prize for 2016. Poems from her three critically acclaimed poetry collections have been translated into English, Spanish, German, and Chinese, appearing in publications such as Modern Poetry in Translation, World Literature Today, Literary Review of Canada, Granta, Asymptote, The New Quarterly, Copper Nickel, Cagibi, and others. Her poem “Foreignness” was a finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize in 2019, and her poem “Cotton” won the 2021 Rhino Translation Prize. She holds a Ph.D. in Indian Philosophy and Literature, and her translations of Sanskrit poetry have been featured in various venues in Israel, the US, and India.
Her latest book, "Feminism, as I Taught it to My Daughters" (2023), is a bestselling short memoir in essays based on her highly popular feminist columns and essays published over the years in Haaretz magazine. Tevet Dayan is a highly popular writer and thinker in Israel and among Israeli readers worldwide and a prominent voice in poetry, feminism, and current Israeli affairs. She regularly appears on TV shows, publishes opinion columns in newspapers and on social media, her weekly podcast is sent to thousands of registered listeners weekly, and she holds poetry readings in front of vast audiences throughout the year.
Tevet Dayan is currently a visiting poet at San Diego State University, where she teaches creative writing and poetry. Together with her husband, Harel, and their three daughters, Tevet Dayan has moved between dozens of homes in four different continents. Travel life and wandering play a major role in her writing, along with the questions that arise from it: the question of home, of longing, of womanhood, and of the human's place.
2024 The Things We Carry (a collected translations of Dorianne Laux’s poetry, forthcoming)
2023 Feminism as I Taught it to my Daughters (memoir in essays)
2021 Coping Mechanisms, (poetry) Mosad Bialik publishing, Israel
2018 Floating Home, (poetry) Mosad Bialik publishing, Israel
2015 It was Evening It Was Chaos, (poetry) Pardes publishing, Israel
2011 A Thousand Years to Wait, (fiction) Kinneret-Zmora publishing, Israel