Yardenne Greenspan was born in Tel Aviv to a bilingual family. She received her undergraduate degree from Tel Aviv University. She holds an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University, where she served as development manager for Columbia: a Journal and taught creative writing workshops at a local high school and at the James, J. Peters VA Medical Center. Yardenne also serves as an English-language manuscript reader for Israeli publishing house Kinneret Zmora Bitan. Her short fiction, translations and essays have been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Two Lines, Words Without Borders, Asymptote, Agave, World Literature Today, Shelf Unbound and Necessary Fiction. Her latest translation project, Some Day, a novel by Shemi Zarhin, is now available from New Vessel Press. In 2011 she received the American Literary Translators’ Association Fellowship for her translation of The Sequoia Children, a novel by Gon Ben Ari.
Yardenne lives in Ithaca, NY and is writing a novel about fatherhood and the Israeli experience.