Israel Eliraz (1936-2016) was born in Jerusalem. From 1963 to 1980, he published three novels, a book of short stories and a number of plays and opera librettos. He started writing poetry in 1980 and went on to publish 36 poetry books. He was the recipient of numerous Israeli literary awards, such as the Natan Alterman Award (2002), the Bialik Prize (2008) and the Brenner Prize (2013), as well as an Honorary Citation by the French government. His poetry was translated into 11 languages.