The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Agi Mishol was born in Transylvania in 1947 to a Hungarian-speaking family and emigrated to Israel with her parents at the age of 4.
She lives in an agricultural community and is the mother of two children. She has published more than 10 books of poetry.
Her latest, Things Happen, is a retrospective selection that has followed Selected and New Poems (2003) – a comprehensive volume that has sold more then 10,000 copies, an extraordinary number.
A caring mentor of many young poets, she teaches at Alma College and is currently the Poet in Residence at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her book Look There, translated by Lisa Katz, was published in U.S (2006) by Graywolf Press. The Swimmers, a bilingual volume of her poetry, was published by Poetry Ireland (1998). Her poems have also been translated into Arabic, French, German and other languages and have appeared in anthologies around the world.
She is much in demand for lectures and readings and her poems have been set to music and performed by various artists. She has been artistic director of the International Poets Festival at Mishkenot Shaananim in Jerusalem and has represented Israel at literary events in the United States, Germany, Macedonia, Turkey, Ireland and elsewhere. As a translator she has brought the work of Irish, British, American and Australian poets into Hebrew. ‘Parent Poems’ are part of a cycle completed after a visit to her birthplace, which is now in Romania.
– from Vivian Eden’s introduction in MPT 3/14 Palestine