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Hila Ratzabi

b. 1981

Current City, State, Country

Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Birth City, State, Country

United States


Hila Ratzabi’s first full-length book of poetry, There Are Still Woods, is forthcoming in September 2022 from June Road Press. She was a finalist for the North American Review’s 2021 Terry Tempest Williams Prize in Creative Nonfiction, for the Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize (2019), and for the Fifth Annual Narrative Magazine Poetry Contest (2013). She is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Apparatus of Visible Things (2009). Her poetry has been published in Narrative, Linebreak, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Adroit Journal, and other journals, and in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. She has received scholarships and fellowships to the Willapa Bay AiR residency, the Vermont Studio Center, the Crater Lake National Park residency, and the Arctic Circle Residency. Ratzabi is the former editor-in-chief and poetry editor of Storyscape and holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the Director of Virtual Content & Programs at and lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Published Works

There Are Still Woods (June Road Press, 2022)
The Apparatus of Visible Things (chapbook; Finishing Line Press, 2009)

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Current Title

Director of Virtual Content & Programs at


Sarah Lawrence College (MFA in Poetry, 2007)
Barnard College (BA in English/Creative Writing, 2003)
List College, Jewish Theological Seminary (BA in Jewish Philosophy, 2003)

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