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Müesser Yenıay

Müesser YENİAY (poet, fiction writer; Turkey) was born in İzmir, 1984; graduated from Ege University, with a degree in English Language and Literature. She got her M.A from Bilkent University on Turkish Literature. She has won several prizes in Turkey including Yunus Emre (2006), Homeros Attila İlhan (2007),  Ali Riza Ertan (2009), and Enver Gökçe (2013) poetry prizes. She was also nominated for Pushcart Prize 2016 by Muse Pie Press in USA.

Her first book Darkness Also Falls Ground was published in 2009 and her second book I Founded My Home in the Mountains is a collection of translation from world poetry. Her second book I Drew the Sky Again was published in 2011. She has translated the poems of Persian poet Behruz Kia under the name of Requiem to Tulips. She has translated Selected Poems of Gerard Augustin together with Eray Canberk, Başak Aydınalp, Metin Cengiz (2011). She has also translated Personal Anthology of Michel Cassir together with Eray Canberk and Metin Cengiz (2011). Lately, she has published Contemporary Spanish Anthology with Metin Cengiz and Jaime B. Rosa. She has also published a book on modern Turkish Avant-garde poetry, The Other Consciousness: Surrealism and The Second New (2013). Her latest poetry book Before Me There Were Deserts was published in 2014 in İstanbul.

Her poems have appeared in the following magazines abroad: The Voices Project, The Bakery, Sentinel Poetry, Yellow Medicine Review, Shot Glass Journal, Poesy, Shampoo, Los Angeles Review of Books, Apalachee Review (USA&England); Kritya (India); Casa Della Poesia, Libere Luci (Italy); Poeticanet, Poiein (Greece); Revue Ayna, Souffle, L'oiseau de feu du Garlaban (France); Al Doha (Qatar); Tema (Croatia).

Her poems have been translated into English, French, Serbian, Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Greek, Hindi, Spanish and Romanian. She participated in the poetry festivals like Sarajevo International Poetry Festival, September 2010 (Bosnia-Herzegovina); Nisan International Poetry Festival, May 2011 (Israel); Belgrad International Poetry Festival, September 2012 (Serbia); Voix Vives International Poetry Festival (Sete), July 2013 (France); Kritya International Poetry Festival, September 2013 (India), Galati/Antares International Poetry Festival, June 2014 (Romania), Medellin International Poetry Festival, July 2014 (Colombia).

Müesser is the editor of the literature magazine Şiirden [of Poetry]. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Turkish literature at Bilkent University, Ankara, and is also a member of PEN and the Writers Syndicate of Turkey.