Contributing Writers

Altay Öktem currently writes for Penguen, the weekly comics magazine and he is the editor in chief of Karakalem, the literature magazine on gothic and underground literature. He was awarded important prizes including the Yaşar Nabi Nayır Award (1990), the Orhon Murat Arı-burnu Award (1995) and the Cemal Süreya Poetry Award (2000). He has written 16 books of poems, novels, short stories and essays.

Arzu Taşçıoğlu is the editor in chief of plan b publishing, Asklepios magazine, and Seksek, the online art and literature magazine. She translated demanding books like Dune with Deniz Vural, they produced a collection of questions they had written for quiz shows like Jeopardy and Going for Gold. She received the Milliyet Economics Award (1992) for her ground-breaking research on Islamic Banking.

Bikem Ekberzade is the first woman war photographer in Turkey. She worked for CNN, Associated Press and Newsweek. She is the author of a book about illegal refugees in Istanbul as a part of her international ‘Refugee Project’. She is currently writing a book about Darfur.

Burç İdem Dinçel is a graduate student in translation studies at Boğaziçi University and holds BA degrees of Modern Greek Literature and Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy. Currently he is translating Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem.

Cudi Genç is the bass player in the Pilli Bebek rock band. He studied Contemporary Greek Language and Literature. He now lives in Istanbul after some years as a stage and studio musician in Ankara. He writes short stories about music in Seksek, the online art and literature magazine.

Deniz Sert received her PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York. She has a BA degree in International Relations from Istanbul Koç University, and an MSc degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics. She is working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Migration Research Program (MiReKoc), Koç University.

Deniz Vural is the general manager of plan b publishing, and the publisher of Asklepios magazine, and Seksek, the online art and literature magazine. He translated demanding books like Dune with Arzu Taşçıoğlu. They produced a collection of questions they had written for quiz shows like Jeopardy and Going for Gold. He is editor of many novels and reference books.

Duygu Tekgül is a freelance translator and editor. She graduated from the department of Translation Studies at Boğaziçi University and has an MA degree in Publishing and Language from Oxford Brookes University.

Emma Foulger has been involved in projects promoting links between the UK and Turkish artists. She received an Honours degree in Turkish and Ottoman language from Oxford University. She is an independent writer, currently engaged in writing her first novel set in Istanbul.

Emre Kutlar grew up in a multicultural family with both German and Turkish roots. He has a masters degree in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University in Italy. He has lived in Italy and Germany where he got to know their cuisines.

Ersan Üldes is a novelist. He has written criticism of novels for several literary magazines and political essays for Express magazine. He was awarded The Inkilap Novel Prize for his first novel National Film (Yerli Film) in 1999. His third novel The Theory of Infirmity was published in October 2007.

G. Sesil Sar is the editor of the fanzine Güzaf. Her poems have been published in literary magazines. She writes for two children’s magazines and has received awards in national contests for her two short film stories.

George Messo is a poet, translator and editor. His third book of poems is Hearing Still. His groundbreaking anthology, İkinci Yeni: The Turkish Avant-Garde, will be published by Shearsman Books, England.

John Smolens is an English professor at Northern Michigan University. He is an acclaimed fiction writer, the author of one collection of stories and three novels. His novel, Cold has been also translated into Turkish and published in 2003. His new novel The Anarchist will be published in December 2009. He lives in Michigan, USA.

Murat Akser is an Assistant Professor in Film Production and Media Studies at Kadir Has University and holds a PhD from York/Ryerson Joint program in communication and culture. He has an MA in History and a BA in English and Comparative Literature and a second MA in Film. He has directed music videos and short films.

Ömer Tecimer is an author focusing on esoterism, philosophy and religions. His first book was a detailed research on Rose+Croix; and his latest book is about Hurufism, the Islamic philosophy that tries to find the secrets of the universe in letters.

Robert P. Finn Robert P. Finn teaches about Central Asia, Afghanistan and Turkish Literature at Princeton University. He is the author of The Early Turkish Novel, 1872-1900 and co-editor of State and Security Building in Afghanistan. He has translated works by Nazlı Eray and Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu. As a U.S. diplomat, he served as ambassador to Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and opened the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan.

Selva Suman received her MA Degree in History of Art and Architecture from Boğaziçi University. Her paintings have been exhibited in several galleries in Istanbul, Ankara, New York, Paris, and Rome. She has translated a number of art books into Turkish. Her articles about art were published in Asklepios and Tombak magazine.

Senem Tüfekcioğlu is a translator and editor; she writes articles about contemporary world art and literature for Seksek. She is currently translating Finding Myself by Toby Litt and Heat by George Monbiot.

Yusuf Eradam is an acclaimed translator, poet, essayist, short story writer and editor of many books. After retiring from his chair at Ankara University as full professor, he is currently teaching American film, popular culture and fiction at Bahçeşehir University, İstanbul.