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Turkey

Pınar Öğünç

Pınar Öğünç is a journalist and writer based in Istanbul. She has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist for several national newspapers and magazines in Turkey...

Emrah Serbes

Emrah Serbes was born in 1981 in Yalova, Turkey. After dropping out of a series of educational institutions, Serbes finally graduated from the theater department of Ankara University. He has...

Sine Ergün

Sine Ergün (1982) is a writer based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has published three books: Burası Tekin Değil (It’s Not Safe Here, Yitik Ülke Publishing, 2010; Can...

Karin Karakasli

Karin Karakaşlı was born in Istanbul in 1972 and graduated from Boğazici University’s School of Foreign Languages where she studied interpreting and...

Deniz Tarsus

Deniz Tarsus was born in the mountain village of Bodrum in 1987 and studied film at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She works as a commercial, documentary, and music video director. Her fiction...

Yalçın Tosun

Born in Ankara, in 1977, Yalçın Tosun teaches law at İstanbul Bilgi University. His first story collection, Anne, Baba ve Diğer Ölümcül Şeyler (Mom, Dad...

Behçet Çelik

Behçet Çelik was born in Adana, Turkey, in 1968. He graduated from Adana Anadolu High School in 1986 and the Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 1990. His first short story...

Kemal Varol

Kemal Varol was born in Diyarbakır in 1977. He began his literary career as a poet, publishing the poetry collections Yas Yüzükleri, Kin Divanı, Temmuzun On...

Beldan Sezen

Beldan Sezen is a visual storyteller using various conventions of comics and film. In 2008 her animated cartoon From the Diaries of Two Breasts premiered at the Pink Film Days...

Naz Tansel

Naz Tansel (1990) is an artist based in İstanbul. She holds a degree in painting from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Since 2008 her work has been exhibited in many mixed exhibitions...

Canan Marasligil

Canan Marasligil is a freelance writer, literary translator, editor, and curator based in Amsterdam. She works internationally in English, French, Turkish, Dutch, and...

Murat Özyasar

Murat Özyaşar was born in Diyarbakır, in southeastern Turkey, in 1979. A graduate of Dicle University’s department of Turkish language and literature,...

Kardelen Kala

Kardelen Kala is a freelance translator pursuing a degree in translation and interpretation in Turkish, English, and French at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. She currently lives in...

Yavuz Ekinci

Yavuz Ekinci was born in 1979 in the village of Yediboluk in Batman. A graduate of the Dicle University Faculty of Education, Ekinci is currently a teacher in Batman as well as a graduate student...

Canan Marasligil

Canan Marasligil is a freelance writer, literary translator, editor, and curator based in Amsterdam. She works internationally in English, French, Turkish, Dutch, and...

Alber Sabanoglu

Alber Sabanoglu was born to a Sephardic Jewish family in Izmir, Turkey, and grew up in Istanbul. At eighteen he moved to the US, where he earned an undergraduate degree in history and...

Nazli Eray

Nazli Eray was born in Ankara, Turkey. After attending the English Girls Secondary School, İstanbul Arnavutköy American Girls College, and İstanbul University Faculty of Law, she...

Aron Aji

Aron Aji is a native of Turkey. His most recent translation is Bilge Karasu’s Long Day’s Evening (City Lights, 2012) for which he received an NEA Translation Fellowship and was...

Sait Faik Abasiyanik

Of Turkish descent, this writer of short stories and fiction was born in Adapazan. While pursuing his higher education, his desires conflicted with that of his father’s; originally...

Yadé Kara

Yadé Kara was born in 1965 in Cayirlu, Turkey, where she studied English and German. She works as an actor, teacher, manager, and journalist in Berlin, London, Istanbul, and Hong Kong....

Petros Markaris

Petros Markaris was born in 1937 in Istanbul. He is a playwright, the creator of a television series, and the translator of works by many German dramatists, including Brecht and Goethe. His...

Birhan Keskin

Birhan Keskin was born in Kırklareli, Turkey, in 1963. She graduated from Istanbul University in 1986 with a degree in sociology. Her first poems began to appear in 1984. From 1995 to 1998 she...

Seyhan Erözçelik

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...

Murathan Mungan

One of the most prominent and prolific contemporary writers of Turkey, Murathan Mungan has published poetry, short stories, plays, novels, screenplays, radio plays, essays, film and theater...

Müge Iplikçi

Müge İplikçi was born in Istanbul. She first graduated from Istanbul University English Language and Literature Department. After her master's degrees at Istanbul University and...

Zafer Köse

Zafer Köse was born in 1970 in Gemlik (Turkey) and lived in Germany for nine years. He is the author of the novels Söz İstiyorum (I want to have a word, 2006) and Son Ozan Livaneli...

Izzet Celasin

Izzet Celasin was born in 1958 in Istanbul. In his homeland he was a left-wing activist, and spent several years in prison after the 1980 military coup in Turkey. He came to Norway as a...

Ece Temelkuran

Ece Temelkuran was born in Izmir, Turkey, in 1973. She began a career as a journalist in 1993, and has prepared reports on the feminist movement, political prisoners and the Kurdish issue. Her...

Feridun Zaimoglu

Feridun Zaimoglu was born in Bolu, Turkey, in 1964, and emigrated to Germany as a child. He works as an author, journalist and screenwriter. His first book, Kanak Sprak, gained him a cult...

Perihan Magden

Perihan Magden was born in 1960. She graduated from the Psychology Department at Bogazici University. Her novella Haberci Cocuk Cinayetleri (Messenger Boy Murders) appeared in 1991; her novel...

Bejan Matur

Bejan Matur was born in 1968. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Ankara University. She published her award-winning first poetry collection Ruzgâr Dolu Konaklar (Windswept Mansions)...

Sebnem Isiguzel

Sebnem Isuguzel was born in 1971. Her first book, entitled Hanene Ay Dogacak (Bliss Will Befall Your Household), won the prestigious Yunus Nadi Literature Award for published collections of...

Asli Erdogan

Asli Erdogan holds an MS degree in physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul. Anthropology and Indian American culture are among her areas of interest. A widely-traveled writer, Erdogan...

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak was born in France in 1971 and spent her childhood in Spain. After studying political science in Turkey, she went on to hold teaching positions in the United Kingdom, Turkey, and the...

Latife Tekin

Latife Tekin was born in 1957. In the first novel she published, Sevgili Arsiz Olum (Dear Shameless Death, 1983), Tekin told the story of a family which had to migrate to the big city and the...

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar (1901-62) has been called the most important Turkish novelist of the twentieth century. Born in Istanbul, he traveled widely in Anatolia before returning in 1919, after the...

Siamanto

Siamanto was born Atom Erjanian in 1878 in the town of Akn (formerly within the Ottoman Empire, now Kemaliye, Turkey). Siamanto, who derived his pen name from a Kurdish epic hero, was educated...

Yaşar Kemal

Yaşar Kemal Gökçeli was born in 1923 in Hemite, a hamlet in the province of Adana, in southern Turkey. In 1950 he became a reporter for Istanbul's most important daily...

Küçük Iskender

Derman İskender Över (pen name: Küçük İskender) was born in Istanbul in 1964. He has published many poems and three novels, and has edited two...

Uganda

Juliet Kushaba

Juliet Kushaba was born in Bushenyi District in western Uganda. She holds a BA in education from Makerere University, Uganda, and is pursuing an MA in women's and gender studies...

Hilda Twongyeirwe

Hilda Twongyeirwe, born in Kacerere near Lake Bunyonyi, is a mother of three. For ten years, she taught English language and literature in secondary school before she retired to...

Merit Ronald Kabugo

Dr. Merit Ronald Kabugo is a lecturer of linguistics, English language studies, and communication skills at Makerere University, Uganda. He teaches translation studies, pragmatics, and editing...

Glaydah Namukasa

Glaydah Namukasa is a midwife and writer, and a member of the Uganda Women Writers’ Association, FEMRITE. Her young adult novel, Voice of a Dream, won the 2005/2006 Macmillan Writers...

Ukraine

Andrei Krasniashikh

Andrei Petrovitch Krasniashikh, born in 1970 in Poltava, Ukraine, has a PhD in philology and is an associate professor of the history of international literature and classics at Kharkov National...

Jerzy Lutowski

Jerzy Lutowski was born in 1923 in Lviv in what is now Ukraine. In the years of Nazi occupation, he served in the underground Home Army (Armia Krajowa) and took part in the Warsaw Rising in...

Lina Kostenko

Lina Kostenko (1936) is one of Ukraine’s most important contemporary poets. Between 1957 and 1961, she published three volumes of poetry that won her considerable popularity. Her refusal to...

Lyudmyla Khersonska

Lyudmyla Khersonska lives in Odessa, Ukraine. She is the author of two books of poetry, Vse svoi, named one of the ten best poetry books of 2011, and Tyl’naia-litsevaia (2015). Her work...

Lyuba Yakimchuk

Lyuba Yakimchuk is a Ukrainian poet, screenwriter, and journalist. She is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including Like FASHION and Apricots of Donbas, and the film script...

Oleksandr Mykhed

Oleksandr Mykhed (born 1988) is a Ukrainian literary scholar, curator of art projects, and writer. He is a research fellow at the Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature, National Academy of...

Iryna Shuvalova

Iryna Shuvalova is a prize-winning poet and translator from Ukraine. She is a Fulbright scholar and a holder of an MA degree in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. Her first book of...

Sashko Ushkalov

Sashko Ushkalov (born 1983) is a Ukrainian writer, literary scholar, and translator. He lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is the author of a book of poetry, a collection of absurdist plays, a novel, and...

Tanya Malyarchuk

Tanya Malyarchuk (born 1983) is a Ukrainian writer and journalist. She lives in Vienna, Austria. She is the author of six books of prose, as well as a partial collected edition of her work titled...

Taras Antypovych

Taras Antypovych (born 1978)  is a Ukrainian writer and journalist. He lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is the author of 4 books of prose. His first novel “Miseria” (2007) was named...

Nika Skandiaka

Nika Skandiaka is a translator from Russian. 

Pavel Gol’din

Pavel Gol'din (born 1978) is a zoologist. Before March 2014, he  lived in Simferopol, Crimea. He is the author of three books of poetry in Russian (Flock of Eared Cinderellas,...

Marjana Savka

Ukrainian poet Marjana Savka is the author of four books of poetry, including Eight Notes from the Blue Angel, translated by Askold Melnyczuk, and Love and War, co-authored with Marianna...

Oksana Zabuzhko

Oksana Zabuzhko's works include the prizewinning collection of stories Oh Sister, My Sister, and the best-selling Field Work in Ukrainian Sex, which was widely translated in Central and...

Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 Nobel laureate in literature, was born in 1948 in the Ukrainian town of Ivano-Frankivsk, the daughter of a Belarusian father and a Ukrainian mother. When the...

Pavel Lembersky

Pavel Lembersky was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and came to the United States in 1977. He graduated from The University of California at Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature, did...

United Arab Emirates

Khalid Oways

In novels such as Al-raqs taht al-matar [Dancing in the Rain] and Watan khalaf al-qudhbân [A Nation behind Bars], Khalid Oways, who lives in the United Arab Emirates, also...

United Kingdom

Neil Blackadder

Neil Blackadder translates drama and prose from German and French, specializing in contemporary theater. His translations of plays by Lukas Bärfuss and Ewald Palmetshofer have been produced...

Victoria Field

Victoria Field is a writer and poetry therapist.  She has published three collections of poetry, most recently The Lost Boys (Waterloo, 2013), which won the Holyer an Gof...

Philip Price

Philip Price was born in the north of England, studied Russian and German at the University of Glasgow, and then moved to Tokyo, where he now works full time as a Japanese-English translator. He...

Robin Moger

Robin Moger is a translator of contemporary Arabic prose and poetry currently living in Cape Town, South Africa.

Natascha Bruce

Natascha Bruce translates from Chinese. Recent short story translations have appeared in Granta, Wasafiri, Asia Literary Review, and Pathlight. She was joint winner of the 2015...

Helen Wang

Helen Wang translates contemporary Chinese literature. Her first translations were published in the 1990s: short stories and essays by Yu Hua, Ma Yuan, Zhang Chengzhi, Du Ma, Zhang Langlang. She...

Ayça Türkoğlu

Ayça Türkoğlu is a freelance writer and literary translator. She is half-Turkish, and the other half of her DNA stems almost exclusively from a small corner of Hampshire, UK. She...

Stephen Pidcock

Stephen Pidcock studied English Literature and Italian at St. Andrews University, Scotland, and Verona University, Italy. He currently works as a translator and theatre publicist in London. He...

Charlotte Collins

Charlotte Collins studied English literature at Cambridge University, and worked as an actor and radio journalist in Germany and the UK before becoming a literary translator. Her...

Peter Stonelake

Peter Stonelake, born in London in 1975, works mainly as an editor, proofreader, and translator in Montenegro. He completed an MS in Civil Engineering in 1998 and went on to work for a...

Dominic Davies

Dominic Davies is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the English Faculty, University of Oxford. He has written and published a number of articles, chapters, and reviews relating to...

Anna Heath

Anna Heath was born in the UK in 1984 and is an independent translator into English from Spanish. She has translated numerous short stories and poems, including work by Fernando Ampuero and Luisa...

Uilleam Blacker

Uilleam Blacker is a lecturer at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He has published widely on Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian literature and has...

Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, and translator. His translations include fiction by José Eduardo Agualusa and José Luís Peixoto, and nonfiction by writers ranging from...

Samantha Schnee

Samantha Schnee’s translation of Carmen Boullosa's Texas: The Great Theft (Deep Vellum, 2014) was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, shortlisted for the...

Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson completed a BA in French and Spanish and an MA in Translation and subsequently joined the FCO in London as a staff translator, where she was trained in Italian, Finnish, and Estonian....

Sophie Hughes

Sophie Hughes has translated novels by several contemporary Latin American and Spanish authors, including Best Translated Book Award finalist Laia Jufresa (Umami), English PEN...

Polly Barton

Polly Barton is a translator of Japanese literature and nonfiction. Born in London, she studied philosophy before traveling to Japan, and now lives and works in Osaka. She holds a MA in the...

Alice Guthrie

Born in London and raised in rural Norfolk, UK, Alice Guthrie is a freelance translator, writer, editor, and researcher who has been studying Arabic formally and informally since 1997, most...

Ian Monk

Ian Monk was born near London, but now lives in Lille, France, where he works as a writer and translator of, among others, Hervé Le Tellier, Georges Perec, Raymond Roussel, and Jacques...

Sophie Lewis

Sophie Lewis has been translating fiction and other literature from French since 2004. Following a stay in Rio de Janeiro from 2011–15, she now also translates from Portuguese. Her...

Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp is a British literary and academic translator and editor, translating from Arabic, German and Russian into English. She has an MA from Oxford University, an MA in Translation...

Stephen Watts

Stephen Watts is a poet, editor, and translator. His own most recent books include Gramsci & Caruso (Periplum, 2003), The Blue Bag (Aark Arts, 2004), Mountain Language/Lingua di montagna...

Duncan Jepson

Duncan Jepson is an award-winning director, writer, and producer of five feature films, including Hope Without Future? (2009) and Follow Your Heart: China’s New Youth Movement (2007). He has...

Katy Derbyshire

Katy Derbyshire comes from London and has lived in Berlin for many years. She translates contemporary German writers including Inka Parei, Clemens Meyer, Helene Hegemann, and Dorothee Elmiger....

Elizabeth Heighway

Elizabeth Heighway is a freelance editor and translator working from Georgian and French. She holds a BA in Philosophy and Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and an MA in Translation...

Angus Turvill

Angus Turvill is an award-winning translator whose translations include work by Ekuni Kaori, Ikezawa Natsuki (for which he received the Shizuoka Translation Competition Grand...

Geoffrey Strachan

Geoffey Strachan has translated works from French and German in a wide variety of fields, including stories and verse for children, seventeenth-century science fiction (Other Worlds by Cyrano de...

Christina MacSweeney

Christina MacSweeney was awarded the 2016 Valle Inclán Translation Prize for her translations of Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth. The same novel is also currently a finalist...

Thomas Bunstead

Thomas Bunstead's translations include work by Eduardo Halfon and Yuri Herrera, Aixa de la Cruz's story "True Milk" in Best of European Fiction (Dalkey Archive, 2015), and the...

Ollie Brock

Ollie Brock is a freelance literary editor and translator, and former online editor of Granta. He reviews books in Spanish for the Times Literary Supplement, and is on the editorial board for In...

Catherine Mansfield

Catherine Mansfield is a British translator currently based in Bogotá, Colombia. Her published translations include A History of the World for Rebels and Somnambulists by Spanish author...

Garry Malloy

Garry Malloy studied Polish philology under Dr Elwira Grossman at the University of Glasgow, and graduated in 2003. He moved to Poland in 2010. He currently works as a freelance translator and...

Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson’s book of free versions of Tomas Tranströmer’s poems, The Deleted World, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His fourth collection, The Wrecking...

T. Zachary Cotler

T. Zachary Cotler is the author of House with a Dark Sky Roof (Salt, 2011). His poems have appeared in Poetry, the Paris Review, Republic of Letters, the Wolf, and other magazines in the US and...

Lytton Smith

Lytton Smith is the author of a book of poems, The All-Purpose Magical Tent (Nightboat 2009) and the translator of the Icelandic novels The Ambassador by Bragi Ólafsson (Open Letter 2010)...

David McDuff

David McDuff (born 1945) is a British literary translator and editor. His translations include works of nineteenth-century Russian fiction in Penguin Classics (Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy,...

Victoria Cribb

Victoria Cribb is a freelance translator of Icelandic literature. Her translations of Icelandic authors published in English include crime novels by Arnaldur Indriðason, The Blue Fox and...

Rosalind Harvey

Rosalind Harvey’s translation of Juan Pablo Villalobos's debut novel Down the Rabbit Hole was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Oxford-Weidenfeld prize. Her...

Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter is an editor at Random House UK’s imprint Harvill Secker, which specializes in international literature in English and in translation. She began her publishing career...

Simon Wickham-Smith

Simon Wickham-Smith was born in England in 1968.  He has translated the work of many leading Mongolian writers and in 2008 was honored as a Leading Cultural Worker by the Mongolian...

Stefan Tobler

Stefan Tobler is the founder of And Other Stories, the publisher who launched Deborah Levy’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted Swimming Home and Carlos Gamerro’s acclaimed The Islands,...

Drake Stutesman

Drake Stutesman is a radical literary novelist, a non fiction writer and the editor of Framework The Journal of Cinema and Media. She holds a University of Sussex PhD on the experimental writing...

James Tweedie

James Tweedie lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland, and is represented by Compass Gallery, Glasgow and Thompsons Gallery, London.

Brother Anthony of Taizé

Brother Anthony of Taizé was born in England in 1942 and has been living in Korea since 1980. He taught English literature at Sogang University, Seoul, for many years and is now an emeritus...

Deborah Dawkin

Deborah Dawkin and Erik Skuggevik have worked as a team on a variety of literary translations and dramatized works, including the poetry of Inger Hagerup for performances in London...

Valentina Polukhina

Valentina Polukhina is an emeritus professor of Russian literature at Keele University and a Joseph Brodsky scholar.

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison was born in the UK and has lived in Amsterdam since 2004. She was educated at UEA, Cambridge, and Lyon universities. She translates literary fiction and nonfiction, poetry,...

Peter Bush

Peter Bush is an award-winning literary translator who was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK. His recent translations from Catalan include Josep Pla’s Life Embitters (Archipelago),...

Lulu Norman

Lulu Norman is a writer, translator, and editor who lives in London. She has translated Albert Cossery, Mahmoud Darwish, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and the songs of Serge Gainsbourg and written for...

Humphrey Davies

Humphrey Davies is an award-winning translator of some twenty works of modern Arabic literature, among them Alaa Al-Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building, four novels by Elias Khoury,...

Anne Born

Anne Born has translated many works of Danish, Swedish and Norwegian literature, including The Snake in Sydney by Michael Larsen and Vita Brevis by Jostein Gaardner. She shared the 2006...

Jessica Cohen

Jessica Cohen is a freelance translator born in England, raised in Israel, and living in Denver. She translates contemporary Israeli prose, poetry, and other creative work. Her translations...

Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Antonia Lloyd-Jones translates from Polish, and is the 2018 winner of the Transatlantyk Award for the most outstanding promoter of Polish literature abroad. She has translated works by several of...

Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester is the bestselling author of The Map That Changed the World, The Professor and the Madman, and Krakatoa.

Robin Llywelyn

Robin Llywelyn was born in 1958 in Llanfrothen, Gwynedd, and was educated locally and at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (Joint Honours in Welsh & Irish). He was a National Eisteddfod...

Owen Martell

Owen Martell is an awardwinning Welsh-language novelist. He was born in Exeter in 1976 and grew up in Pontneddfechan, in the Neath valley, though he now lives in Cardiff. He published his first...

Iwan Llwyd

Iwan Llwyd was born in Llanidloes, mid-Wales, forty-six years ago, and now lives in Talybont near Bangor, north Wales. He won the crown at the National Eisteddfod in 1990 for his series of poems...

Ray Edwards

Ray Edwards began to learn Cornish after taking early retirement from teaching languages in 1980. After passing the three examinations of the Cornish Language Board and being made a Bard of...

Boyd Tonkin

Boyd Tonkin is the literary editor of the Independent.

Richard McKane

Richard McKane was born in 1947 and has a degree in Russian from Oxford University. Based in London, he is a poet and translator of Russian and Turkish poetry.

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