My name is Gershon Ben-Avraham. I live in Beersheba (Be’er Sheva), Israel, with my wife and our collie, Kulfi. I am an American-Israeli writer of poetry and short stories in English.
In my writing, I attempt to portray the beauty and the struggle of living a religious life. I refer to the tension between these two aspects of living as faith-friction.
My work has appeared in Amethyst Review, Big Muddy, Gravel, Image, Jewish Literary Journal, Poetica, Psaltery & Lyre, Rappahannock Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, and other literary publications. My short story, “Yoineh Bodek,” (Image) earned “Special Mention” in the Pushcart Prize XLlV: Best of the Small Presses 2020 Edition. Kelsay Books published my chapbook God’s Memory in 2021.
I have a degree in piano from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, and a Master of Arts degree in philosophy (aesthetics) from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.