Ayelet Tsabari

Ayelet Tsabari

MFA Mentor, Creative Nonfiction

Ayelet Tsabari Ayelet Tsabari

MFA (Guelph U)

Ayelet Tsabari is the author of the memoir in essays The Art of Leaving, finalist for the Writer’s Trust Hilary Weston Prize and The Vine Awards, winner of the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for memoir, and an Apple Books and Kirkus Review Best Book of 2019. Her first book, the story collection The Best Place on Earth, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction. The book was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, was nominated for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and has been published internationally. She’s the co-editor of the award-winning anthology Tongues: On Longing and Belonging Through Language. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Globe and MailForeign PolicyMaclean’s and The National Post, has won a National Magazine Award, an Edna Staebler Award and was shortlisted for CBC Short Story Prize. Her novel, Songs for the Brokenhearted is forthcoming with Random House and HarperCollins Canada in September 2024.

Selected Publications


  • Songs for the Brokenhearted, Harper Collins
  • Tongues: On Longing and Belonging through Language, co-edited with Eufemia Fantetti and Leonarda Carranza, Book*hug Press, 2021. 
  • The Art of Leaving, HarperCollins.
  • The Best Place on Earth, HarperCollins.


The craft of writing; diverse storytelling; oral histories; women’s narratives; Mizrahi identity and history; Yemeni Jewish history and culture; translation and writing in a second language; lyric essays