Fellow: Awarded 2011
Field of Study: General Nonfiction
Competition: US & Canada
Adina Hoffman is the author of House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood (Steerforth Press and Broadway Books) and My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century (Yale UP). A biography of Taha Muhammad Ali, My Happiness won the UK’s 2010 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize and was named one of the best biographies of 2009 by Booklist. Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza, written with Peter Cole, was published in 2011 by Schocken / Nextbook. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Nation, the Washington Post, the TLS, Raritan, the Boston Globe, New York Newsday, Tin House, and on the World Service of the BBC.
Formerly a film critic for the American Prospect and the Jerusalem Post, Hoffman has been a visiting professor at Wesleyan University and Middlebury College as well as the Franke Fellow at Yale's Whitney Humanities Center. She is one of the founders and editors of Ibis Editions and lives in Jerusalem and New Haven.