Robby Nadler, who received a Master’s in Fine Arts in creative writing at The University of Montana this year, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to travel to Israel in October, where he will work on his book of poetry currently titled “The Prodigal Son.”
Nadler, who is from Los Angeles, will spend nine months in the creative writing program at Bar-Han University and conduct research throughout Israel.
Nadler grew up in an Orthodox community and visited Israel many times during his youth. As a young adult he realized he was gay, and the Orthodox community cast him out. He then changed his name from Doron, a Hebrew name, to Robby and turned away from religion.
A decade later, Nadler became interested in reuniting his faith and sexuality. He said he rejected his cultural, religious and ethnic background and hopes to reclaim that identity through his poetry.
While in Israel, Nadler plans to be involved with Israel’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, whose struggle with identity mirrors his own. He will specifically focus on the LGBT center in Tel Aviv, which was attacked in 2009 by a gunman, resulting in the deaths of three teenagers.
After completing the fellowship in Israel, Nadler plans to pursue a doctorate in creative writing at the University of Georgia.
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