Poet (B. September 24, 1936, Yeşilyuva village / Acıpayam – D. September 11, 2004). Poet and Head Teacher Mufti Halil Nigari and Teacher Kerim Effendi were his grandfathers; Retired Governor Muzaffer Erdem is his brother. He graduated from Denizli High School and Ankara University Political Sciences Faculty and Press School Expertise Department. He started to work in TRT as text-writer and producer (1964), and he worked as chief producer (1965), Ankara Radio Training and learning Publications Branch Director (1966), TV Office President (1982), Vice General Manager (1978-1979) and as TRT General Director (1989-1993).
His first work, a story was published in Kağnı journal (Bolu) in 1956. In the following years, his poems were published in journals such as Varlık, Türk Yurdu, Çağrı, Millî Kültür, Yelken, Meltem, Türk Edebiyatı, Türk Dili, Hisar, Türk Düşüncesi, Ilgaz. His three musical plays and around ten poems were composed. He received TDK Most Successful Ataturk Poem Award and Müzik-San Foundation Poet of the Year Award (1981) and FAK Folklorist of the Year Award (1986).
“Anatolian atmosphere, Anatolian folklore, clothes, items, places, trees and flowers, colors and paints; everything bound to our identity in our daily lives, are in the poems of Erdem, all together with mythological feelings.” (Mehdi Halıcı)
POETRY: Çoban Ateşleri Gözlerin (1962), Döner Dolaplarda (1968), Kırlangıç Ormanı (1972), Sevgi Üstüne (2000).
STORY: Gecenin Bir Saatinde (1999).
TALE: Keloğlan ile Anası (1977).
SERIES OF KELOĞLAN (tümünün bas. yılı: 2000): Açıl Susam Açıl, Büyülü Değirmen, Hiç Almak, Altın Yumurtlayan Tavuk, Sözden Anlayan Tavşan, Hakanın Kızı, Saray Güzel, Baltayı Yutan Kabak, Gaffar Usta, Kırk Haramiler.
He also has sketches which are not published as a book.
REFERENCE: Osman Bolulu / Çoban Ateşi Gözlerin (Kitaplar Alemi, sayı: 6, ekim 1962), İbrahim Zeki Burdurlu / Çoban Ateşi Gözlerin (Çağrı, sayı: 60, 1963), Halim Yağcıoğlu / Döner Dolaplarda (Dünya gazetesi, 29.12.1968), Tahir Kutsi Makal / “Kırlangıç Ormanında” Gezinti (Maya dergisi, issue: 40, February 1982), Mehdi Halıcı / Kırlangıç Ormanı ve Kerim Aydın Erdem (Çağrı, issue: 291, April 1982), İhsan Işık (TEKAA, 2009).