Nebraska Authors

Miriam Ben-Yaacov

Born WA (USA)

Miriam Ben Yaacov is a native of South Africa, who also lived in Israel. Arriving in Omaha in 1979, she lived in Nebraska for over 20 years before gradually transitioning to living in upper New York State. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the 1997 Merit Award Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council. She has been Artist in Residence in the Norfolk, NE Public Schools (1994).

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction


Fiction; Poetry; Judaism


University of Nebraska-Omaha Writer's Workshop, Omaha, NE


Yoga Instructor


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 21 September 1989
Received $2,000 Merit Award from Nebraska Arts Council, 1997
Nebraska Arts Council Merit Award for fiction, 2006


My Brother's Keeper and Other Stories. 1989.
The Secret Doctrine of the Gaon of Vilna: Mashiach ben Yoseph and the Messianic Role of Torah, Kabbalah and Science. 2013. (with Joel David Bakst)
Project Otiyot: Healing Through Hebrew Letters. 2014.
Unto Thousands of Generations. 2015.

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