mati shemoelof


Bagdad. Haifa. Berlin.

“Bagdad. Haifa. Berlin.” is my first poetry book in Germany. It is a collection of poems from each of my six poetry books previously published in Israel. It reflects the migration of my mother’s family from Baghdad to Israel where I was raised, through my experiences in Israel and up to Berlin, where I currently reside.




Tel Aviv, 2048: Amir has fled war-torn Europe to his father's land. There, in the young Levantine Union, he waits for Anna, whom he had left behind, being on the run. While Europe collapses with right-wing terror and civil war, the Middle East is peaceful.




Living in a different country, in a foreign society, forces us to deal with a variety of issues. It begins with the mundane and bureaucratic, continues with the dialogue between the foreign and familiar and goes deeper into questions related to national, cultural and personal identity. The language with which we speak and write plays an essential part in this process.

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Online WorkShop

Without Borders Online

Over the past year (2018-2019) we have been conducting workshops in Berlin whose success lies in the combination of the act of writing itself and the encounter of an Israeli writers living outside of Israel. In the online workshop we seek to eliminate the geographical distance that exists in our building and to allow an intimate encounter within the virtual space.

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NEW SHort Story

The Life of Chezi and Helena

“The life of Chezi and Helena” is a short story that depicts the life of an Israeli-German couple living together in Berlin. Chezi isn’t a ´regular Israeli´ but an Arab Jew - a Mizrahi Iraqi Jew whose mother came from Baghdad. So he is both a Jew and an Arab.