Ramon Crater. Become inspired! Get on your bike. Go for a walk. Discover your world.



All my music themed poems were written during music concerts. Tip #101 when sitting at a concert keep a pen and paper handy -- inspiration is in the air.

Short biography

Illustration that accompanied the poem "Come June" first published in Spider Magazine.
Born in Canada, I moved to Israel when I was twenty. I have an MA in English Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My first years in Israel I lived on a kibbutz until I discovered that I was hopeless when it came to agriculture and left kibbutz for Jerusalem where I have lived since (with short breaks in California and Italy) with my family. My stories feature strong female characters who are told that they canít, and then set out to prove otherwise. Writing is my way to understand and make some sense of the chaotic world that I live in. For ten years I was the SCBWI representative in Israel helping writers and illustrators hone their craft and break into the publishing world.

Q. I see you're coming out with TWO new books this year, both set in Israel. Why is that?

A. Because having lived here for as long as I have, you could say the country is a big character in the script of my life. From my picture book on archeology, JODIE'S HANUKKAH DIG to my young adult novel FREEFALL which is about a girl joining the Israeli army, I am fascinated with the history, the cultural, the people and...the conflicts.

Q. Yes, I heard about FREEFALL. Are girls really drafted into the army in Israel?

A. Army service is part of life here and all eighteen-year-olds are called up to serve, male and female. Though most do military service, some choose to do National Service, volunteering in development towns, hospitals and schools. Those of you who are interested in knowing more about the Israeli army, or just what it's like to be 18 and living in Israel can check out my new website at www.freefallthenovel.com You will be able to read live interviews with soldiers and hear what they think.

BEING ROMEO a one-act comedy of errors. PLAYS Magazine.
Coming soon a new picture book!
A short story of friendship, romance and an oncology ward. First published in Cicada Magazine, won second place in the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award Competition in 2006
This poem was first published in Cicada Magazine, June 2006 won first prize SCBWI Magazine Merit Award, 2007.
by Anna Levine, first published in Cricket Magazine, 2004. Translated into Spanish
This poem was first published in Cricket Magazine, January, 2005 1st runner up of SCBWI magazine merit award 2006
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