Peter Cole is the author of three books of poems and the translator of more than a dozen volumes from Hebrew and Arabic. His many honours include the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry and the PEN Translation Award for Poetry. In 2007 he was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2010 he received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He divides his time between New Haven and Jerusalem. Aminadav Dykman teaches comparative literature at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He has published numerous translations of French, Russian, English, Greek, Latin, and Italian poems into Hebrew.
'I've been reading and rereading... The Poetry of Kabbalah, an anthology of Jewish mystical verse translated by Peter Cole. This is ambitious poetry. It combines liturgical solemnity with outrageous flights of metaphor, and Cole's versions match the originals step for step.' (Robyn Creswell, Paris Review Staff Picks) 'A veritable banquet of poetry that gives resonant voice to the depths of religious longing and passionate devotion... With its combination of poetic beauty, learned commentary and short introductory essays, The Poetry of Kabbalah offers the reader a substantial survey of Jewish mystical history and thought through the channel of richly textured lyric voices.' (Eitan Fishbane, The Forward)