Evan Fallenberg


Member Since: 03/07/2012

Evan Fallenberg is the author of three novels – Light Fell (Soho Press, 2008) and When We Danced on Water (HarperCollins, 2011) and the recently completed Xenia – and translator of many more, including Ron Leshem's Beaufort, Batya Gur's Murder in Jerusalem, Alon Hilu's Death of a Monk and The House of Rajani, Yair Lapid’s Memories After My Death, and Meir Shalev's My Russian Grandmother’s American Vacuum Cleaner and A Pigeon and a Boy, winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for fiction. Other translations include work for television (Adir Miller); the stage (Gilad Evron, Lior Navok); and cinema (Savi Gabizon).

Fallenberg has won or been shortlisted for the following prizes: the American Library Association's Barbara Gittings Stonewall Book Award for Literature; the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; the National Jewish Book Award in fiction; the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction; the Samuel Goldberg Foundation Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers; the Harold U. Ribalow Award; the PEN Translation Prize; and the Times Literary Supplement of London Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for Translation of Hebrew Literature.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fallenberg is a graduate of Georgetown University and the MFA program in creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has lived in Israel since 1985. He is director of fiction for the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University, an instructor in the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at City University of Hong Kong, and director of The Studio for Writers and Readers of English. He is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts.  He serves as an advisor to several literary prizes.


  • Director of Fiction Track at Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar Ilan University
  • Faculty Member at City University of Hong Kong