Dana Peleg

Author, journalist and translator


Biography

Email dana@wouk.net

http://www.danapeleg.com

I was born in August 1969 (a Leo), under the name Dana Faibish and was raised in Kiryat Haim, near Haifa. When I was 18, I changed my last name to Peleg, for ideological reasons. I acquired my first writing experience in an avant-garde youth magazine called Hamtzan (Oxygen).

After my army service, I began my studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Art History and General Studies, which I finished officially in 2001, when I received my M.A. in Art History. In 1994 I started writing again, in the student magazine, PI Haaton. In 1995 I came out of the closet and became a queer activist. After a year I began writing a personal column, about my life as a Lesbian in the Womens magazine At, under the name Dana G, which was my pseudonym for queer writing. It was the first Lesbian column in Israel, and I still write there about my life, which has changed tremendously since then. During the same period, the first Queer Israeli magazine, HaZeman Havarod, was established and I wrote for it too, and continued to write for its new version, HaZeman HaChadash. I wrote for other queer magazines in Israel, including a personal-cultural column for Pandora, a Lesbian magazine. In the year 2002 I joined the New Age magazine, Haim Aherim, for which I write articles about spirituality and activism.

In the year 2000 I published my book, Teenim, Ahuvati (Figs, My Love), with Shufra Publishing House. The stories of that book deal with the lives of young Lesbians and were inspired by my life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in the late 1990s. When the book came out, I decided to come out completely myself, and became Dana G. Peleg. At the same time I started working as a translator, doing academic, journalistic and mainly literary translations, English to Hebrew: I translated The Dyke and the Dybbuk by Ellen Galford, New Age Living by Paul Roland, Life Signs 2002 by Worldwatch Institute and many more books.

In the year 2000 I also started my life with my partner Mimi, and together we brought our son, Boaz Wilde Peleg into this world, in October of 2004. Today I live with my little family in Santa Cruz, California, and I keep writing, thinking and dreaming in Hebrew, hoping to publish sometime a collection of my columns and maybe write a novel, or a screenplay. Time will tell



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