Single Gay Parenthood and Writing (Please note: perks for non-Israeli backers are written in English)My twin sons, Michael and Daniel, were born with the aid of a surrogate mother in India, in April 2012. I raise them on my own. When I decided to become a father, they became my first priority. My writing is second, my personal life is next.
A Writing Father-MotherI call myself 'a writing mother', because that's what I am - a single gay father-mother of two boys, who need me daily. I clean and cook, I do laundry and take care of our dog and cats and garden, and basically do everything on my own. Since I have to support my kids financially I teach between 6-8 writing courses in a semester, and edit 1-3 books a month. This makes writing almost impossible.
My Future projectsI am now in the process writing 3 new novels. One is half written. It is a novel that takes place during the Renaissance. The second is partly written, and it deals with a Jewish historical figure of the 17th century. The third novel is under research, and its protagonist is a Jewish woman who is also an historical figure from the 16th century.
I need more time to turn my last three novels into scripts for the cinema and television international market.
My missionMy mission is to re-connect Israelis with their Jewish roots, in a subversive way. I re-invent Judaism and implant homosexuality in the history of the Jewish nation, in which it was silenced for so many centuries. In short, I impose subjective or imaginary memory on the collective memory of the Jewish nation. I hope you will be interested enough in this vision to support it. Or at the very least, I hope you will help an Israeli single gay writing father-mother of twins in his day-to-day struggle to reach his desk.
CVWriter and Gay activist Ilan Sheinfeld was born in Tel Aviv (1960). He is one of the first Gay Israeli artists to spend an entire career out of the closet. Sheinfeld founded and directed, at his residence, the first Hebrew workshop for Gay writers (1992-1995). In 1998 he established Shufra, the first Gay and Lesbian Hebrew publishing house for original and translated literature. And in 2000, he opened Café Theo, a Gay coffeehouse and bookstore in Tel Aviv named for Theo Mainz, a German Jewish immigrant to Israel, a nutritionist and public health worker, one of the founders of what was to become the Association of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgendered in Israel. The café closed in 2002, due to neighborhood opposition to its presence. For his activities in the field of Gay culture, in 2005 Sheinfeld was recognized by the community with its Outstanding Citizen’s award.
Sheinfeld has published 12 collections of poetry, 5 novels, 3 plays, 2 books for young poets and five children's books. Three of his plays have been staged and he was awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Literature in 1990 and in 2015. He received his M.A degree in Hebrew Literature from Tel Aviv University, where he founded and edited the literary magazine Shufra (1984-6). He served as co-editor of the literary section of the leftwing Al Hamishmar newspaper (1981-1990) and as the spokesman for the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv (1990-1992). Since 1992 he has managed his own public relations company. He teaches writing workshops as part of the Open University's Eskolot Series.
Sheinfeld is the single gay father of twin boys born to a surrogate mother.
© Lisa Katz
Enchanted Lizard, [Letaʹa Mechushefet] Martef 29/ Eked, Tel Aviv, 1981
Making Love with the Tongue, [Osim Ahava Ba-Lashon: Shirim 1977-1983] Dvir, Tel Aviv, 1984
Lines to a Friend in Parting, [Turim Le-Reʹa Bi-Freda] Aleph, Tel Aviv, 1987
It Begins with Love, [Ve-Reshito Ahava] Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 1989
Temporary, [Araʹi] Tamuz/ Writers Association, Tel Aviv, 1992
Taschlich, Tag, Tel Aviv, 1994
Karet, Shufra, Tel Aviv, 1997
The Tourist Guide, [Ha-Madrich La-Tayar] Shufra, Tel Aviv, 2003
Poetry Treasure, [Otzar Shirim] Shufra, Tel Aviv, 2013
The Tarot Poems, Tel Aviv, 2016
The book of Change, Tel Aviv, 2016
On the Essence of The Justin, poems, Tel Aviv, 2016
Poets School: The Writers Manual (non-fiction) [Beit Sefer Li-Mshorerim: Madrich Maʹasi Le-Sofrim U-Li-Mshorerim], Shufra, Tel Aviv, 1997
Siedlce (novel), [Shedletz: Zichronot] Shufra, Tel Aviv, 1999
Only You (novel), [Rak Ata] Shufra, Tel Aviv, 2000
The Poetry Workshop (non-fiction [Ha-Sadna Le-Shira]), Shufra, Tel Aviv, 2005
A Tale of a Ring (novel) [Maʹaseh Be-Tabaʹat], Keter, Jerusalem, 2007
When the Dead Returned (novel) [Kshe-Ha-Metim Chazru], Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Or Yehuda, 2012
The Wife of a Jewish Pirate, Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Or Yehuda, 2017
From the Heart of Tel Aviv (youth), [Min Ha-Lev Shel Tel-Aviv] Dvir, Tel Aviv, 1984
Peace (picture book), [Shalom] Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 1989
Margolis' Strange Book, [Ha-Sefer Ha-Meshuneh Shel Margolis] Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 1991
There is no Such Bird: Kortsipa (picture book), [Eyn Tzipor Kazo, Kortsipa] Shufra, Tel Aviv, 1999
A Kingdom Named Collision (picture book), [Mamlacha U-Shma Kolisya] Shufra, Tel Aviv, 2007
The poet's website
More poems, with audio
Hagit Bat Eliezer on the book launch for Sheinfeld's Poetry Treasure
Critic Eli Hirsh: thoughts on Sheinfeld's collected poems & Gay Israeli poetry
A complete bibliography for the poet: Ohio State University Lexicon of Contemporary Hebrew Literature
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