translated from the Turkish by Abbas Karakaya and Elizabeth Raible
Hakan Savlı was born in 1965 in Ankara, Turkey. He received his medical degree in 1989. Following his graduation, he spent many years working in Europe and the Far East. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Medical School of Kocaeli University in Turkey. His expertise is in cancer genetics. Hakan Savlı is a prolific poet. Turuncu (Orange-colored), his latest and sixth volume of poetry came out in 2009. Savlı is the winner of three prestigious poetry prizes. His poetry attests to the possibility of a lyrical experience in a world where all sorts of "cancers" threaten the world and living beings.
Abbas Karakaya teaches Turkish Language and Literature at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. His collection of poetry, Yüreğimin En Denizaltı Haliyle, came out in 2006. His translations of poetry and prose were published in various journals both in Turkey and in the United States.
Elizabeth Raible dabbles in translation with various languages. She received an MA in Russian and East European Studies from Indiana University Bloomington, focusing on the history and culture of western Balkans. She lives in Boston.