Ayelet Tsabari was born and raised in Israel and now lives in Toronto. She is the author of The Best Place on Earth, (HarperCollins, 2013,) longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her book of essays, You and What Army, was shortlisted for the 1st Book Competition, sponsored by Anvil Press and SFU’s Writer’s Studio. In 2011, she was nominated for a Creative Nonfiction Collective Readers’ Choice Award. She is a National Magazine Awards winner, a Western Magazine Award winner, and a two-time winner of Event’s Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Her writing also appeared in Prism, Grain, Room, Prairie Fire, and the anthology Slice Me Some Truth. A graduate of Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and the MFA program at Guelph University, she’s the author of The Writer’s Studio Guide to Publishing in Literary Magazines and Entering Contests. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Education and at the University of Guelph's Creative Writing Certificate.