Writer and poet (b. 12 June 1943, Eskişehir – d. 7 October 2015, İstanbul). She is Adnan Özyalçıner’s wife. She started her primary education in Devlet Demiryolları Private Elementary School at second grade, and she completed this education at Kadımehmet Elementary School (1953). After she finished Kasımpaşa Junior High School in 1956, she attended Eyüp High School and İstanbul High School for Girls for a while (1959). She was an accountant for a while in Taşkızak Shipyard (1959-1964), until she got married in 1967. She worked as a proofreader in Varlık (1964-69) and Arkım (1976-77) publishing houses and as review chief at the ASA Agency and as writer in Cumhuriyet newspaper (1972-74). She retired when she was a text writer in Görsel Publishing (1984). She carried on as a freelance writer with the articles she wrote in Elele review and the European edition of Hürriyet newspaper.
Her first poem appeared in Sanat Dünyası in 1958. Her other poems have been published in reviews such as, Yeni Ufuklar, Yeditepe, Türk Dili, Varlık, Türkiye Yazıları, Sanat Emeği. Ocassionaly, her articles appeared in Cumhuriyet (1972-74). She received the Halil Kocagöz Poetry Award in 1987 with Bu Resimde Kimler Var (Who is in This Picture).
POETRY: Gecekondu (Shanty House, 1964), Yasak (Forbidden, 1966), Direnç (Resistance, 1977), Gerçeğin Masalı (Tale of Reality, children’s poems, 1979), Sesimi Arıyorum (I’m Looking for My Voice, 1982), Kimlik Kartı (Identity Card, her first three books, 1983), Bu Resimde Kimler Var (Who is in This Picture, 1986), Afiş (Poster, 1991), Direnç Şiirleri (Poems of Resistance, her collected poems, 1995), Dilsiz Dengbêj (Mute Dengbêj, 2001).
ANTHOLOGY: Uçuk Seçik Şiirler (1991), Motorize Köleler – Emek Öyküleri 3 (Motorized Slaves – Stories of Labor, with Adnan Özyalçıner, 2001), Dokumacının Ölümü – Emek Öyküleri 4 (Death of the Weaver – Stories of Labor 4, with Adnan Özyalçıner, 2001).
RESEARCH: İstanbul’un Taşı Toprağı Altın (İstanbul’s Rock and Soil is Golden, with A. Özyalçıner, 1995), Türk Safosu Mihri Hatun (Turkish Sapho Mihri Hatun, 1996), Üç Dinin Baş-kenti İstanbul (İstanbul, Capital of Three Religions, with A. Özyalçıner, 2002).
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Sümüklü Böceğin Masalı (Fairytale of the Snail, 1989), Keloğlan ile Köse (Keloğlan and Köse, with A. Özyalçıner, 1989), Hasır Ören Padişah (The Sultan who Weaves Rush Mats, 1991), Pencereden Bakan Çocuk (The Kid who Looks Through the Window, 1995), Şiir Gündemi (Poetry Agenda, 1995).