Writer (b. 1944, Ankara - d. 4 July 2010, İstanbul). She wrote under the surname of her husband, the poet Metin Altıok, during the time they were married. She used also the pen name Suat Selçuk. She attended the Ankara High School for Girls (1962), and graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of Philosophy (1966). She became an assistant at the same department. She completed her graduate studies at the Department of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Education in the same university (1971), and her doctorate studies on philosophy of literature at the Faculty of Social and Administrative Sciences at Hacettepe University (1974). She worked as a lecturer at Hacettepe University, Department of Philosophy. During her duty as a lecturer for 18 years, she gave lectures on history of philosophy, philosophy of arts, informative theories and philosophy of linguistics. When she was about to become an associate professor in 1983, she resigned and left the university. Afterwards, she began to work at an advertisement company.
She entered the İstanbul City Theatres in 1991, where she worked as chief dramaturge and director of cultural activities. She was a member of the elective boards of the Simavi Literature Awards, the Sait Faik Short Story Awards, the Behçet Necatigil Poetry Award, the Inkılap Publishing House Literature Awards, and the Cevdet Kudret Awards.
Her essays and critics were published in reviews such as Forum, Türk Dili, Oluşum, Dost, Soyut, Milliyet Sanat and in newspapers such as Politika, Söz and Cumhuriyet.
Niçin Diyalektik (Why Dialectic?, 1977), Yaz Başına Neler Gelir (Write, What Happens to You, 1980), Bir Pencereden (From One Window, 1982), Zamansız Yazılar (Timeless Essays, 1984), Edebiyat Defteri (Notebook of Literature, 1987), Felsefenin Kıyılarında (On the Shores of Philosophy, 1989), Pusulamız Felsefe (Philosophy is Our Compass, 1995), Tenha Yolun Ortasında (In the Middle of a Deserted Road, 1995), Zamanı Yaşatan Roman Zamana Direnen Şiir (The Novel Living the Time, the Poetry Resisting to Time, 1998), Öykülerde Dünyalar (Worlds in Stories, 1998), Acıyla Sevgiyle Kahramanca (Heroically with Sorrow and Love, 1999), Düşünce Ufkunda Pupayelken/Edebiyat Üzerine Denemeler/Denemeler Üzerine Yazılar (Sailing in the Wind in the Horizon of Thought/Essays on Literature/Articles on Essays, 1999), Öykülerde Dünyalar (Worlds in Stories, 1998), Sis Lâmbası (The Fog Lamb, a selection of essays in the books Neden Diyalektik?-Why Dialectic?, Felsefenin Kıyılarında-On the Shores of Philosophy, and Pusulamız Felsefe-Philosophy Our Compass, with new added essays, 2000), Ruhi Su (Ruhi Su, 2002).
COLLECTION: Sosyolojik Çözümlemenin Tarihi (History of Sociological Analysis, as one of the editors, 1990), Bilge Karasu Aramızda (Bilge Karasu is with Us, in collaboration with Müge Gürsoy Sökmen, 1997), Lağımlararası ya da Beyoğlu (Beyoğlu or Between Sewers, from Bilge Karasu, editor, 1999), Çağdaş Türk Yazını/Yazın Öğretimi İçin Temel Bir Kaynak (Contemporary Turkish Literature/A Basic Source for Literary Education, in collaboration with Ayşegül Yüksel, Selahattin Dilidüzgün, Semih Gümüş, Yıldız Ecevit and Zehra İpşiroğlu, 2001).
REFERENCE: İhsan Işık / Yazarlar Sözlüğü (1990, 1998) - Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) – Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (2005) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007) - Ünlü Fikir ve Kültür Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 3, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013), Can Kurultay / Çağdaş Türk Edebiyatında Kadın Yazarlar (1993), Oruç Aruoba (Virgül, sayı: 17, Mart 1999), Behçet Necatigil / Edebiyatımızda İsimler Sözlüğü (18. bas. 1999), Şükran Kurdakul / Şairler ve Yazarlar Sözlüğü (gen. 6. bas. 1999), TBE Ansiklopedisi (2001), Şahin Yıldırım / Füsun Akatlı’nın “Zamansız Yazılar”ı (Radikal Kitap, 3.2.2005), Türkiye Yazarlar Birliği / Türkiye Kültür Sanat Yıllığı (2011).