Nava EtShalom learned to talk in Jerusalem and to read in Brooklyn. Now she’s a poet, teacher, and editor in Philadelphia. As a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, Nava writes about Anglophone literary representations of settler-colonialism in Palestine since the late 19th century.
As an educator she’s taught literature and writing classes for undergrads, political workshops in radical movement spaces, and, once, poetry to kindergarteners. In 2019-2020 she’s teaching Ulysses at the Rosenbach. As an editor she’s worked on stories for This American Life, The New York Times, and other outlets, as well as consulting with individual writers, artists, and activists.
Nava’s poetry has won 92Y’s Discovery Award, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and prizes from the Academy of American Poets. She’s an alum of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan MFA program.