Hila Amit was born in Israel in 1985 to a Jewish family with Iranian and Syrian ethnic origins. She studied creative writing at the Tel Aviv University and holds a PhD in the field of Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. Her first fiction book, Moving On From Bliss (Tel-Aviv: Am Oved, 2016), was awarded the Israeli Ministry of Culture Prize for Debut Authors. Her stories and poems have been published in numerous Israeli journals and publications. A translation of one of her short stories, Flash Flood, appeared in Lilith Magazine in 2017. Her non-fiction work focuses on Israeli studies, Diaspora Studies and Queer Theory, and her second book, A Queer Way Out (Albany: SUNY, 2018) deals with the subject of LGBT Israelis in the diaspora. She was awarded the ECPR Joni Lovenduski Prize for best dissertation in Gender and Politics in 2017.
‘A Queer Way Out’ was awarded the 2019 AMEWS (Association of Middle East Women’s Studies) Book Award. Dr. Amit established the International Hebrew School, through which she aims to advance Hebrew learning using a queer, feministic and pluralistic method. She is the co-founder of “Anu אנו نحن: Jews and Arabs Writing in Berlin”, and is curating literary events which bring together Jews and non-Jews with a Middle Eastern heritage.
Hebrew For All – The first queer feminist Hebrew learning book, forthcoming in 2020 in English and German.
A Queer Way Out, The Politics of Queer Emigration from Israel, Suny Press, New York 2018.
Moving on from Bliss, Short Stories , Am Oved, Tel Aviv 2016.
“Beth, the Filipina, “*” & “She is mad at me”, three poems, A Naked Queen: An Anthology of Israeli Social Protest Poetry, ed. Dorit Weisman. Hakkibutz Hameohad, Tel Aviv 2013.