David Raphael Israel

Contributor and Guest Editor

Born in California in 1956, David Raphael Israel was educated at a Quaker school. He’s written poetry from a young age. After studying classical Chinese at UC Berkeley, he dabbled in arts journalism, focusing on music. He wrote and edited at EAR Magazine (NYC), then moved to Washington, DC. Shifting to India in 2007, he lived at Dhrupad Sansthan (a Bhopal music school). Returning to California in 2009, he serves as Communications Director for the Avatar Meher Baba Center, in Los Angeles, where he produces the “Concerts at Meherabode” series. His English ghazals have appeared in anthologies and he is currently studying sarangi. Israel helped select the prose in the March 2015 issue of Cha.


  • Issue #18 (September 2012): Shanghai Pensées (Night thoughts) [Read]
  • Issue #26 (February 2015): Guest Prose Editor [forthcoming]