Onur Behramoğlu


Onur Behramoğlu was born in 1975 in İstanbul and Studied Political Science and International Relations.  His first collection Asit ya da İksir (Acid or Elixir) came out in 2006 - the first poetry book of Yitik Ülke (Lost Land) Publishing House. He is a Movie critic at ‘Yeni Film’ and writes articles at left-leaning newspapers. He has read at several poetry and translation festivals in Turkey and Represented Turkish poetry at Moscow International Poetry Festival in 2010 and participated to poetry workshop of Helicon, Society for Advancement of Poetry in Israel, in September 2012 and has translated some poems of Ewa Lipska, Yehuda Amihay, Marin Sorescu, Gregory Corso and young Israeli poets Yonatan Berg, Mei-Tal Nadler, Anat Zecharia, Tahel Frosh. 

He is a contributor to several books as co-writer ( Şairini Arayan Mektuplar – The Letters Searching for Their Poets; Dahiler ve Aşkları – Geniuses and Their Loves; Şairlerden Kürt Sorununa Çözüm Önerileri – Solution Proposals to Kurdish Question by the Poets; Seksenlerde Çocuk Olmak – Being a Child at the 80’s;   Merdivende Üç Şair – Three Poets on the Stairs). He is a member of Pen and Word Express project of   Literature Across Frontiers. Some of his poems have been translated to English, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Russian, Azerbaijani.  Behramoğlu's second poetry collection Senden Öğrendiğim Şarkılar (The Songs I Learned From You) will be published in 2013 and a selection of his two poetry books will be published by Missal Publishing House in Bulgaria. He is also working on Azrail Manastırının Kuşları (Birds of Azrael Monastery: Letters between Leylâ Erbil-Nobel candidate Turkish writer–and Onur Behramoğlu).  http://www.behramoglu.com


'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.


Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.


At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.