Ortsion Bartana (b. 1949; Tel Aviv, Israel) still lives in his native city. He earned his MA in Literature and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and his PhD in Hebrew Literature from Bar Ilan University. He teaches Literature at the Technion, the Kibbutz College and Tel Aviv University and serves as chairman of the Hebrew Writers Association and editor of Moznayim, the association’s journal.
Bartana has received several prizes, among them the Kugel Prize, the Bernstein Prize for Literary Criticism (twice), the Wollenrod Prize and the 1997 Brenner Prize for Poetry.