Poet and writer (b. 1925, Ermenek / Konya – d. 19 August 1999, Ankara). He attended Ermenek Central Primary School (1937), Konya High School secondary class and graduated from Antalya High School (1943) and Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences (1948). After he worked at various departments at the Ministry of Finance, he was appointed the General Vice Director of Budget and Finance Control in 1960. He was sent abroad for eight months in 1961. During this period he attended some courses on public administration at the American University and did research. He was selected as a member of the Finance Investigation Commission in 1964 and member of the Audit Office by the Turkish Grand National Assembly in 1967. After he served in this post for fourteen years he was appointed member of the Constitutional Court in 1981 by the Audit Office General Committee. He officially retired in 1990. He was a member of the Professional Association of Scientific and Literary Work Owners of Turkey and the Ermenek Culture and Solidarity Foundation.
Çınarlı, whose poems and articles were published in various newspapers and reviews from 1941, was one of the founders of the review Hisar (with Munis Faik Ozansoy and İlhan Geçer). His poetry and essays were mostly published in this review (1950- 1980) as well as in Antalya newspaper (1941-42) and the reviews Çınaraltı, Yedigün, Yarımay, Doğu (1942-50), Çağrı (1957-64), Türk Yurdu (1958-60), Türk Edebiyatı (1981-88) and Türk Dili (1985-88). He came first at the poetry competition that was held between universities in 1948. He won the Turkey National Culture Foundation Prize with Bir Yeni Dünya Kurmuşum (I Have Created a New World, 1974) and Sanatçı Dostlarım (My Artist Friends, 1979), the Kayseri Artists Foundation Award for his skill in prosodic meter (1982) and the Writers Union of Turkey Poetry Award (1983) with his work Zaman Perdesi (Curtain of Time). He received the Professional Association of Scientific and Literary Work Owners of Turkey Eminent Services Award in 1992. Some of his poetry was translated into English, French, German and Macedonian.
POETRY: Güneş Rengi Kadehlerle (With Sun Colored Glasses, 1958), Gerçek Hayali Aştı (The Reality Exceed the Vision, 1969), Bir Yeni Dünya Kurmuşum (I Have Created a New World, 1974), Zaman Perdesi (Curtain of Time, 1983), Güzelliklere Doymam (I Am Not Satisfied with Beauty, 1995).
ESSAY-MEMOIR: Halkımız ve Sanatımız (Our People and Art, 1970), Söylemek Yaraşır (It’s Fitting to Say…, 1978), Sanatçı Dostlarım (My Artist Friends, 1979), Hatıraların Işığında (In the Light of Memoirs, 1984), Aynı Yolda (On the Same Way, 1986), Mısralarda Gezinti (Travel in Verses, 1990).
He also wrote a work related to finance, Personel Kanunu'nun Mali Hükümleri (The Financial Effect of Personnel Rules, 1996).
REFERENCE: Gültekin Samanoğlu / Hisar’dan Portreler: Mehmet Çınarlı (Hisar, Aralık 1951), Behçet Necatigil / Edebiyatımızda İsimler Sözlüğü (1960), Mehmet Kaplan / Şiir Tahlilleri: Cumhuriyet Devri Türk Şiiri (1965), Hisar'dan Biyografiler (Hisar, Mart 1966), Mücellidoğlu Ali Çankaya / Yeni Mülkiye Tarihi ve Mülkiyeliler V (1968), Mehmet Kaplan (Hisar, Temmuz 1969), Mübeccel İzmirli / Bir Konuşma: Mehmet Çınarlı ile (Hisar, Aralık 1969), Muzaffer Uyguner (Çağrı, Ekim 1970), Mehmet Kaplan / Cumhuriyet Devri Türk Şiiri (1973), Şükran Kurdakul / Şairler ve Yazarlar Sözlüğü (1973), Seyit Kemal Karaalioğlu / Resimli Türk Edebiyatçılar Sözlüğü (1974), Türk Dili ve Edebiyatı Ansiklopedisi (1977), Atilla Özkırımlı / Türk Edebiyatı Ansiklopedisi (1982), İhsan Işık / Yazarlar Sözlüğü (1990, 1998) - Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007), Gültekin Sâmanoğlu / Şârim Mehmet Çınarlının Ardından (Türk Edebiyatı, Ekim 1999) - İkinci Ölüm Yılında Çınarlıyı Anarken (Türk Edebiyatı, Eylül 2001), Tanzimat’tan Bugüne Edebiyatçılar Ansiklopedisi (2001), Mehmet Nuri Yardım / Edebiyatımızın Güleryüzü (2002), Mehmet Nuri Yardım / Yazar Olacak Çocuklar (2004).