is a poet, playwright, aphorist,
librettist and short story writer. He is the president of PEN Turkey and an ex-member of
the PEN International Board. He studied English Literature at Istanbul University. A
self-exile after the military coup in 1980, he spent four years in Saudi Arabia with his
wife Füsun and their daughter Barış, teaching English. A dramaturg at Istanbul City Theater
since 1991, he has acted on stage and screen and directed some of his plays. He proposed
World Poetry Day in 1997 which was accepted by PEN International and declared by UNESCO as
the 21st of March. His translations into Turkish include works by Samuel Beckett, Vaclav
Havel and Arthur Miller. His works include The Nightmare of a Labyrinth
poems and stories), and How's your slavery goin'?
a "life guide for myself," includes ideas from world wisdom of the past four millennia. He
has recently initiated the Earth
with the support of several intellectuals from various parts of the planet.