Seyhan Erözçelik was born in 1962 in Bartin, a town in the Black Sea region. He studied psychology at Boğazici University and Oriental languages at Istanbul University. In 1986, he co-founded the Siir Ati (Horse of Poetry) publishing house, which published over forty titles in the 1980s. He is a member of the Turkish PEN Center and Writer's Syndicate of Turkey. He lives in Istanbul.
His first poem, "Düştanbul" (Dreamstanbul), was published in 1982 and followed by a number of collections. He has also written poems in the Bartin dialect and in other Turkic languages, and has brought a modern approach to to the classical Ottoman rhyme, aruz, in his book Kara Yazılı Meşkler (Tunes Written on the Snow, 2003). He has published a critical essay on the modern mystical poet saf Hâlet Celebi, collected works of the forgotten poet Halit Asım, and translated the poetry of Osip Mandelstam and C. P. Cavafy into Turkish. He was awarded the Yunus Nadi Prize in 1991, the Behcet Necatigil Poetry Prize in 2004, and the Dionysos Prize in 2005. His publications include Yeis ile Tabanca (Despair and Pistol, 1986), Hayal Kumpanyası (The Troop of Imagine, 1990), Kır Ağı (Hoarfrost, 1991), Gül ve Telve (Rose and Coffee Grinds, 1997), Şehirde Sansar Var! (There is a Marten in Town!, 1999), Kitap, bitti! (The Book is Over!, 2003), Kitaplar (Books, collected poems, 2003), Yağmur Taşı (The Rainstone, 2004), and Vâridik, Yoğidik (Once We Were, We Weren't, 2006).
Poet, translator and essayist, Murat Nemet-Nejat was born in Istanbul and graduated from Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey. He studied literature at Amherst College and Columbia University in the United States. Married with two children, he has lived in the United States since 1959. Murat Nemet-Nejat is the editor of Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry (Jersey City: Talisman House, 2004). His books of translations also include Ece Ayhan,'s Blind Cat Black and Orthodoxies (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1997) and Orhan Veli's I, Orhan Veli (New York: Hanging Loose Press, 1989). His essays and collaborative works include Possibilities of Istanbul (a visual and textual approach), Nina Reisinger, Austria, 2006; "Eleven Septembers Later: Readings of Benjamin Hollander's Vigilance," Beyond Baroque Books, 2005; "Frédéric Brenner. Diaspora: homelands in exile, voices" (essays), HarperCollins Publishers, 2003; "The Peripheral Space of Photography," Green Integer Press, 2003; "Questions of Accent," The Exquisite Corpse, 1993. His poetry includes "I Did My Best Work During a Writer's Block," First Intensity, 2008; "Rooster Street," Both Both, 2006; "Steps," Mirage, 2003; "A 13th Century Dream," Cipher Journal, 2002, http://www.cipherjournal.com/html/13th_century_dream.html; Aishe Series and Other Harbor Poems, 2001; Io's Song, 1998; Turkish Voices, The World, 1992; The Bridge. London: Martin Brian & O'Keeffe, Ltd., 1977. He is presently working on the translation of Seyhan Erozçelik's Rose Strikes and Coffee Grinds (Gül ve Telve), which will be published by Talisman House in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 2009, and his long poem Structure of Escape, to be completed in 2009.