Poet and writer (b. 14 February 1920, İstanbul- d. 20 August 1979). His father İsmail Hakkı was a lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity and he was the friend of Mehmet Akif. He attended Gönen Primary School (1933), Kumkapı Secondary School (1937) and graduated from Kütahya High School (1941), İstanbul University, Faculty of Law. He worked for a short time at the Ministry of National Education, the General Directorate of Publications (1943) and worked at the Petrol Office until retirement (1947-72). He is buried at Karacaahmet Graveyard.
His first poems written in syllabic meter were published in the magazine Servet-i Fünûn- Uyanış (1937-38). Then he began to write socialist poems that were published in the magazines Yürüyüş (1942-43, 18 issues), Ant, Fikir ve Sanat, Kaynak, Şairler Yaprağı, Yeni Ufuklar, Ataç, and Yansıma. He was also a member of the management of these magazines. He managed the magazine İnkılapçı Gençlik (1941-42). After his death, a Poetry Award was established in his name by his wife Füruzan Toprak. His unpublished works and new editions of his books were also prepared for publication by his wife.
POETRY: İnsanlar (People, 1943), Hürriyet (Independence, with Suat Taşer, 1945), Dağda Ateş Yakanlar (The Ones Making Fire on the Mountains, 1955), Susan Anadolu (Silent Anatolia, 1966), Ay Işığı (Moonlight, 1973), Ömer Faruk Toprak- Tüm Şiirleri (Ömer Faruk Toprak- His Complete Poems, prepared by his wife Füruzan Toprak, 1983).
MEMOIR: Duman ve Alev (Smoke and Flame, 1968).
NOVEL: Tuz ve Ekmek (Salt and Bread, 1973).
SHORT STORY: Karşı Pencere (Opposite Window, 1975), Gönen Öyküleri (Stories of Gönen, children’s stories, 1979).
TRAVEL LITERATURE: Bir Geziden Kalanlar- Sosyalist Ülkelere Yolculuk (What is Left Behind - A Journey to Socialist Countries, prep. pub. by Füruzan Toprak, 2000).
ESSAY: Ömer Faruk Toprak’ın Düzyazıları (The Prose of Ömer Faruk Toprak, prepared by Füruzan Toprak, 1994), Ömer Faruk Toprak’ın KalemindenPortreler (Portraits from the Writing of Ömer Faruk, prepared by F. Toprak, 1999).
Also he wrote material for Sosyalist Kültür Ansiklopedisi (Socialist Culture Encyclopedia, 1980).