Gonca Özmen

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Gonca Özmen She was born in Burdur (southern Turkey) in 1982. She graduated from English Language and Literature Department of Istanbul University in 2004. She took her M. A. degree in 2008 and now she is a PH. D. student at the same department. Her first poem was published in 1997 when she was fifteen years old. She was rewarded as ‘worth paying attention poet’ in Yaşar Nabi Nayır Youth Prizes in the same year. She was awarded with Ali Rıza Ertan Poetry Prize in 1999.

Her first poetry book Kuytumda (In My Nook) was published in 2000. This book was awarded with Orhan Murat Arıburnu Poetry Prize. She won Berna Moran Poetry Prize which is given by Istanbul University in 2003. Her essay on a Turkish poet, Edip Cansever was also awarded in 2005 Homeros Criticism Prize. Her second book Belki Sessiz (Maybe Quiet) was published in February 2008. She has been writing in several literary magazines since 1997. She is setting up a magazine for literary translation called Ç.N. (Çevirmenin Notu) with her friends. Apart from domestic meetings, she participated in several international poetry readings in Heidelberg, Hamburg, Berlin, Paris and Slovenia. Her poems are translated into Spanish, French, English, German, Slovenian and Persian. The Sea Within (Selected Poems, translated by George Messo) is published by Shearsman Books in February 2011. She has been living in Istanbul since 2000.

Kuytumda (In My Nook) (Hera Yayınları, 2000)
Belki Sessiz (Maybe Quiet) (YKY, 2008)
The Sea Within (Selected Poems, translated by George Messo) Shearsman Books, February 2011

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