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METİN CELAL (1961, Ankara - Turkey)

Metin Celal started his university education at the  Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Petroleum Engineering (1982) and then gratuated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Journalism and Public Relations (1985).

His first poem was published in 1980 (Olusum). At the same time he published poems and literary critics in the well known turkish literary journals (Varlik, Gosteri, Sanat Olayi..., 1980 - ).

He is among the founders of the “1980s Poetry” movement. He and poet friends from the “1980s Poetry” movement published poetry journals; Imge/Ayrim (1984), Poetika (1985), Fanatik (1989). His first novel “Ne Guzel Cocuklardik Biz” was published by Gendas in İstanbul (2000).

He found a Contemporary Turkish Poetry web site ( in english and turkish (1999 - ). He is the member of the directors board of the International İstanbul Poetry Festival.

His poems have been translated and published in Britain, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Macedonia, Taiwan, Czech Republic. 

He worked as an editor in the publishing companies (Imge, Gunes)
and literary magazines; Sombahar (Poetry, 1990 - 1996), E (Literature, 2003-).

He is the editor of the Parantez Publishing (1992 - )and bimonthly literary Review Ozgur Edebiyat (Free Literature) (January 2007- ).

He has published  four novels, four poetry books, two literature essays books, and anthologies about turkish poetry.