Riri Sylvia Manor (Romania/Israel) was born in Bucharest on 18 August 1935. She started writing poetry in her childhood, but because of the strong political orientation of humanistic universities under the communist regime, she chose instead medical studies. In 1960, she was allowed to leave Romania and specialized in opthalmology in Israel and in neuro-opthalmology in the USA. She became professor at Tel Aviv Medical School and chief of the first neuro-opthalmic unit in Israel, published numerous medical papers and studies and received the “Prize of life medical achievements” in Israel.
In 1980 she began to write and publish poetry again, in Hebrew. In 1990 she returned to Romania and since 2000 she has written poetry in both Hebrew and Romanian. She published six poetry books and her poems were translated in several languages and appeared in anthologies. Her book Pestriț was translated in French by Irina Mavrodin, published by L’Harmattan in Paris, being present at Salon du Livre 2012. In Israel she was awarded the prize “Ofer Lider” and in Romania the prize “Lucian Blaga”. She initiated a foundation for Romanian and Hebrew literature and is very active in building cultural bridges between both countries. In the years 2002-2005, together with the Romanian Writers’ Union, she organized the arrival in Romania of notorious Israeli writers, among which Amos Oz. In 2008 she translated with Ioana Ieronim a book of poems by Agi Mishol, Sherezada, published by the Romanian Cultural Institute. In 2016, Riri Manor published her first prose book, The Joy of Not Being Perfect, which became a bestseller and received the Observator Cultural prize for “the best memorialistic book of the year in Romania”.