Poet (b. 9
September 1953, Trabzon).
His real name is Miraç Çolak. He attended Trabzon High School
and graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Language, History and
Geography, Department of Turkish Language and Literature (1970). After working
as a journalist in Trabzon, he went to Germany
in 1973 in
order to study fro his master’s. He worked as teacher in Gelsenkirchen. He was part of the editorial
board of the magazine Yenidil (10
issues, 1989-90). He directed the art newspaper Yeni Türkü (Ankara, 3 numbers), 1978 in
to where he returned that December. He established the magazine and
publishering house called Yeni Türkü in
İstanbul. He continues his artistic studies in Germany. He is a member of the
Writers Union of Turkey and the Language Society.
His first poem
was published in a Trabzon
newspaper Bayraktar (8 August 1966).
His other poems, which were inspired by the folklore of the Black Sea, were
published in magazines such as Militan,
Sanat Emeği, Türk Dili, Yusufçuk, Adam Sanat, Milliyet Sanat after 1975.
Many of his poems have been set to music and some of them have been translated
into various languages worldwide. After the 1980 Military Coup d’etat, some of
his poetry collections were banned for a long time; however they was permitted
again after the appeals that were started. He won the 1978 Ministry of Culture
and Tourism Semi-Documentary Short Film Script Award with his script Kemençenin Türküsü (The Ballad of the
Fiddle) and the 1980 Turkish Language
Association Poetry Award with his first book Trabzonlu Delikanlı (A Young Man from Trabzon).
He shared the first prize with Ali
Cengizkan in the 1982 Abdi İpekçi Friendship and Peace Poetry Award with Dilsiz Sevdalılar (Silent Lovers). He also won the 1989
Trabzon Journalist Association Art Award.
Trabzonlu Delikanlı (A Young Man from Trabzon, 1979), Şili ile Söyleşi (Conversation with
Şili, 1979), Gül Ekmek (Rose Bread,
1980), Taliplerin Ağıdı (Threnody of
Suitors, 1980), Çan Deresi Türküleri (Ballads
of the Çan Valley, 1981), İçli Şarkılar (Touching
Songs, 1981), Trabzon'dan Çıktım Yola (I Set Off
from Trabzon, 1981), İstanbul Bir Kırmızı
Gül (İstanbul is a Red Rose, Germany, 1985), Yurdumun İşçileri (Laborers of My Homeland, Germany, 1985), Barış Güllerinin Gümüş Denizi (Silver Sea of Peace Roses, 1986), Güleriz Ağlanacak Halimize (We Laugh at Our State Instead of
Crying, 1988), Karadeniz Hırçın Kız (The Black Sea Is a Naughty Girl, 1988), Baleylim (Baleylim, poetry and photo
album, with Çerkes Karadağ, 1997), Lazcaz
(Lazcaz, 1999), Deli Dumrul Sarı
Yıldız (Cazy Dumrul Yellow Star, 1999).