As İlkyaz, we work to introduce three young writers every month  We translate these works, which are be made up of a short stories or poems, into English and endeavour to introduce them to readers outside of Turkey.

January’s works are now live and can be found below.

We also aim for a PEN Centre located in a different country around the world to translate the selected writers into their local language and share their works. We are very grateful to PEN Germany who will be promoting our writer’s pieces for the coming month of January. However, German translations were delayed due to an health issue experienced by our translator and will be published as soon as possible.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to read, you can reach December’s works here.  January’s works by our writers are available via the links below.

Don’t forget to check out our writers under the age of 15, Berkay Bayam and Hakan Yeğiner in “15-“, the stories of Fisun Yeşilçimen and Onat Kibaroğlu in “Human Portraits”, and Nina George’s reading suggestions to young writers.

          Deniz Poyraz – Teselli / Consolatıon /

“A load of people’s folders came to my desk, I looked and said “I recognize this name from somewhere”, ‘Yusuf Sezer’. I saw your ID details, number everything was in front of me. How bizarre this world…” “Like a movie indeed…” The waiter, clasped the bottle of Rakı graciously as if he was holding a precious jewel and filled the glasses. “What do you think? Have I changed?” asked Musa. “Praise be, you seem fine…” said Yusuf, “I remember the first day you came to the association, you were a slim boy who looked frail” didn’t you say that day, “ ‘We side with the weak’, yes you did!” This got quite a bit of laughter… Cheeks blossomed like roses, turning incarnadine. “

About the author: Deniz Poyraz was born in Lüleburgaz in 1991. He sutudied Art History at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. He is currently doing his masters degree in Marmara University publishing management under the Communications faculty. His short story book Eminenin Yanında Konuşulmayacak Şeyler was published by İletişim Yayınları in 2018. His critiques, essays and interviews about literature and fine arts have been published in multiple magazines, internet platforms and newspapers. He lives in İstanbul.

 Farabi Orhan – Kusursuz Gömleklerin Terzileri / Taılors of Impeccable Shırts

If a shirt is ripped and we notice this rupture, then we must mend instead of change it. Whereas the most common mistake we make as humanity is no other than to change our shirts and buy another that’s also torn. Yes, it’s even been the case that we wear ones ripped from the same spot. Not a centimeter above, or below it. Why does mankind do this? Because he allows his arrogance to not stop him. He allows it to discard the ruptured shirt and wear another just like it. You see, at this point the person should pick out all the forks stabbed under his jaw one by one, to learn he’s not the bee’s knees.

About the author: Farabi Orhan was born in Aydın in 1993. He was raised in İzmir. His grandmother stuck between the names Plato and Farabi preferred Farabi. Although he was studied in German Studies and Archeology he never completed his education. He earned his living by taxi driving, watering, conducting polls and sales representation. He’s been keeping a diary since 8 years of age and has kept an interest in literature for many long years.

Eşref Yener – Geyikler Vurulduktan Sonra Gördüklerimdir / What I Saw After the Stags Got Shot /

There were five stags in the city, one your shade of cherry

If one can say and being overset time and again

Toppled home at forty anxious leaps with temerity against myself.

I walked the earth thinking that love was always a tight-lipped prospect

I’m your worst coward

And my own most ghastly fallacy

The fault I walk on, the cherry I left unsaid

Meant these most desolate eastern homes

So I learnt this is the longest shame

May it be known that,

In this world, never with its remedy, time and again with its toil I fall into reverie.

About the author: Eşref Yener was born in 1992 in Aydın. He graduated from Kocaeli University International Politics Department. He was the president of ÇYDD Contemporary Youth İzmit division in 2013/14. His poems and writings were published in magasines and fanzines such as Varlık, Natama, Sözcükler, Hürriyet Gösteri, Yasakmeyve, Hayal and Marşandiz. He was the editor of Hayâl publications and magazine between 2016-2018.

Books:
Baykuşta Yangın Tekrarı (Poetry, Yasakmeyve, 2014)
Fazla Uzaklaşmış Olamam (Şiir, Hayal y. 2018)

Awards:
2013 Cemal Süreya Şiir Poetry Incentive Award
2015 Yaşar Nabi Nayır Youth Award

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