Yakov Biton Born in Beersheba (1974) and raised in Rishon Le Zion. The son of Moroccan immigrants who grew up in a transit camp, Biton was raised for most of his childhood by his grandmother. In 2001, he started to study screenwriting at the Sam Spiegel School of Film and Television in Jerusalem.
He first published poetry in the journal “Mita’am” and after that in the class-conscious anthology of poetry “Aduma”. In 2007, he won the Ministry of Culture Prize for the encouragement of creativity, in the category “fledgling poets”. His story “Ina Dada” (In Moroccan: The big mother), was published by Keter in 2008. He won the Teva Prize for Poetry in June 2008.