Poet and writer
(b. 10 January 1966, Kağızman / Kars).
He is the grandchild of Cemal Hodja who was a folk poet. He attended Muşlu Village
Primary School and graduated from Bahçelievler Technical
High School, Trakya University School
of Medical Services (1988) and Ankara
University, Faculty of
Economics (1995). He started the literary review Folklor / Edebiyat. Since 1988, he has worked as the editor of Ürün
Publications in Ankara.
He also became a member of the Cultural Works Publishing Consultative Committee
at the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Culture General Directorate of Folk Culture Research
and Development Publishing Board and the publishing board of the review Türk Dünyası for a period.
He began his literary career writing stories and had his first story Kayıp Kuzu (The Lost Lamb) published in 1981.
He has presented papers at many international scientific meetings held
in various countries including Turkey.
His works have been published in reviews such as Varlık, Yaşasın Edebiyat, Yeni Şiir, Sanat Rehberi, Eflatun, Günümüzde
Kitaplar, Folklor, ODTÜ Halkbilim, Türk Folkloru, Özgür Ozan (as owner and editor-in-chief), Anadolu Ekini, Kebikeç, Turnalar, İmece, Littera. His poems have
been translated into Polish, German, Roman,
Uzbek and Russian. He was awarded the Ruşen Hakkı Poetry Award (2004) with his
book Suları Islatan Mecnun (Mejnun Who Wetted Waters). In
addition, he collected the İhsan Hınçer Award for Services to Turkish
Folklore in 1995.
COLLECTION: Can İçindedir Canan /
Kağızmanlı Cemal Hoca (Lover Is Inside the Heart / Cemal Hodja from
Kağızman, 1992), Âşık Veysel (Aşık
Veysel, 1994), Kul Himmet (Kul
Himmet, 1994), Ozanlık Gelenekleri ve
Türk Saz Şiiri (Traditions of Bards and Poems of the Minstrels, 1995), Kültür-Kimlik Ekseninde Türk Edebiyatı (Turkish
Literature in the Sphere of Culture-Identity, 2004).
POETRY: Suları Islatan Mecnun (Mejnun, Who
Wetted Waters, 2003).
In addition, he
has edited many works.