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Azad Ziya Eren


Azad Ziya Eren

Azad Ziya Eren (1976, Turkey), Armenian-Kurdish poet and essayist. In 2009 he received the Metin Altıok poetry award for poetry books Ars Requiem and Hallway of abandonment (Bırakılma Koridoru). Besides writing poetry he is also writing essays on art and culture. Eren regularly participates in international conferences and poetry festivals. He was also a resident of multiple European artistic programs. His photographic exhibition “Le Tour de France en 80 Jours"  and art exhibition "La Nudité et la Poésie" were presented in Turkey and France. His works have been translated into French, English, German, Kurdish, Arab, Syrian and Armenian language.

Pelin Batu


Pelin Batu

(Turkey) was born in 1978. She studied philosophy and drama at New York University and history at Boğaziçi University. Her film career started in Rome when she met Ferzan Özpetek and starred in his second film, Harem Suare. Thus far, she has starred in a number of films, done a cinema program for CNN Turkey and shot documentaries. Her first book of poetry was published in 2003. Her second book of poetry, The Book of Winds, was published in 2008. She is an active environmentalist.

Gonca Özmen


Gonca Özmen

(Turkey), born in 1982. She is an M.A. student at the University of Istanbul. Her first poem was published in 1997, when she was fifteen years old, and won an award in the same year. Her first book of poetry Kuytumda (In My Nook, 2000) was awarded the Orhan Murat Ar burnu Poetry Prize, and in 2003 she was given an award from the University of Istanbul. Since 1997 she has been writing for several literary magazines. She also writes fairy-tales and essays. Currently, she is a translator and is setting up a magazine of literary translation with her friends.

Festival Days of poetry and wine

2017