Raquel (Rachel) Chalfi was born in Tel Aviv, where she lives and works. Her uncle was the poet and actor Avraham Halfi. She completed her MA in English literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and later studied theater at University of California, Berkeley as well as film at the AFI Conservatory in Hollywood. Chalfi is married to Chaim Tadmor, a broadcaster, writer and poet. Their son, Daniel, is an English teacher.
Chalfi has worked as a journalist and independent filmmaker and has taught film at Tel Aviv University. She has made documentaries as well as experimental films and has written plays for which she won awards, both in Israel and abroad.
Chalfi published her first book of poetry, Underwater and Other Poems, in 1975. Since then, she has published seven more collections of poetry.
Awards and recognition
Chalfi is the recipient of several literary awards, including the following:
- Israeli Prime Minister's Prize for Hebrew Writers;
- Ashman Prize in 1999;
- 2006 Bialik Prize for literature (co-recipient with Ruth Almog and Uri Orlev).
Poetry books published in Hebrew
- Underwater and Other Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1975 [Shirim Tat-Yami`im Ve-Aherim]
- Free Fall, Marcus/Achshav, 1979 [Nefilah Hofshit]
- Chameleon or the Principle of Uncertainty, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1986 [Zikit O Ekron I Ha-Vada`ut]
- Matter, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1990 [Homer]
- Love of the Dragon, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Ahavat Ha-Drakon]
- Stowaway, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1999 [Nosa`at Semuyah]
- Solar Plexus: Poems 1975-1999, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Miklaat Ha-Shemesh]
- A Picture of a Father and his Daughter, Keshev, 2004 [Tmuna Shel Aba VeYalda]