Ronny Someck was born in Baghdad in 1951 and came to Israel as a young child. He studied Hebrew literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University and drawing at the Avni Academy of Art. He has worked with street gangs, and currently teaches literature and leads creative writing workshops.
He has published 10 volumes of poetry (The last called “Algeria”) and two book for children with his daughter Shirly (The last called “Monkey tough, monkey bluff”).
He has been translated into 39 languages.
Selections of his poems have appeared in Arabic translation, French, Catalan, Albanian , Italian, Macedonian, Yiddish, Croatian, Nepali, Dutch, Danish and English.
He is recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award, Yehuda Amichai Award for Hebrew poetry, Ramat-Gan prize for poetry, The “Wine poem award” in Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia, 2005 and Hans Berghhuis prize for poetry 2006 in the Maastricht International Poetry Nights, Holland.
He recorded with the musician Elliott Sharp 3 CD’s: “Revenge of the Stuttering Child”, “Poverty Line” and “Short History of Vodka.”
In 1998 he made an exhibition “Nature’s Factory, winter 2046” with Beny Efrat in Israel museum.
In 2004 made “Hawadja Bialik” in 2007 made “Rehal Madrid” and in 2010 made “Napkin” – three exhibitions in The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan.
He is a member in the Public Council of “Batsheva Dance Company” and at the Hebrew- Arabic Theatre.
Ronny Someck is member of Blesok’s International Editorial Board.