ISTANBUL IN THE EYES OF EXPAT AUTHORS
October 30, 2010 – 5.30-6.30 p.m
TUYAP BOOK FAIR – HEYBELIADA HALL
THE PANEL WILL BE HELD IN ENGLISH.
Speakers: Mel Kenne , Derick Mattern, Maria Eliades
Moderator: Jeffrey Kahrs
The theme of this year’s TUYAP Book Fair is “Writing Istanbul”. Çevirmenin Notu offers one of the most striking and relevant panels of the fair: “Istanbul in the Eyes of Expat Authors”. The speakers Mel Kenne, Derick Mattern and Maria Eliades have all lived in Istanbul for a while and performed intercultural & crosscultural literary and translational acts as they lived in this city.
The panel will be moderated by Jefrey Kahrs, an important poet who has spent almost 20 years writing and living in Istanbul. He is also the co-editor (with Mel Kenne) of a collection of Turkish poetry and the editor of a collection of English-language poetry on Istanbul to be published in the 12th and 13th issues of Çevirmenin Notu.
Please find below the short bionotes of the speakers as well as other practical info about the book fair…
SHORT BIONOTES OF THE SPEAKERS & MODERATOR
Jeffrey Kahrs was born in the Hague, Netherlands and was raised in California. He moved to Seattle in 1983. In 1988 he helped found a reading series in Radio Free Leroy’s, which ran for six years. Since 1993 he has lived in Istanbul and worked primarily as a teacher. Over the last few years he has co-edited an issue of Atlanta Review on poetry in Turkey, been published in Subtropics and had a chapbook e-published through Gold Wake Press. Most recently his eleven-section poem, The Divine Animal, was published at the website mediterranean.nu. In 2010 he will be published in Cantaraville and Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.
Maria Eliades is the Literature and Culture editor of Time Out Istanbul and the asisstant editor of Lale. She also has experience in the fields of translation and writing. She has translated Greek literature into English. She has lived, written and translated in Istanbul for over a year.
Mel Kenne has published five books of poetry, the second of which, South wind, won the 1984 Austin Book Award. The most recent, The View from Galata / Galata’dan was published by Yapı Kredi Yayınları in February 2010. In April 2010 he was selected as one of the ten finalists in the poetry competition of the Second Annual Nazım Hikmet poetry Festival, held in Cary, North Carolina. He has translated much Turkish, Spanish and French poetry into English, and his and Saliha Paker’s translations of Dear Shameless Death and Swords of Ice, by Latife Tekin, were published in England by Marison Boyars Publications, in 2001 and 2007, respectively. He is presently teaching in the Department of American Culture and Literature of Kadir Has University.
Derick Mattern‘s work has appeared in Tokyo Advocate, Kyoto Journal, and the Crab Orchard Review where he was a finalist for the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. He lived in Japan for several years and was a member of the Tokyo Writers’ Workshop before moving to Istanbul in 2008. He currently teaches at Bilgi University.
TUYAP BOOK FAIR BASIC & PRACTICAL INFO
29th Istanbul Book Fair is taking place from 30 October 2010 to 7 November 2010. Visiting hours of the fair is 11.00 am-20.00 pm between the 30th of October and 6th of November; 11.00 am-19.00 pm on 7th of November.
The guest of honor of this years fair is Spain and the theme of the fair is Writing Istanbul.
The fee is 5TL. Free for students and teachers.
Taking shuttles from Taksim Square, in front of AKM, might be a practical way of getting to the fair.
For further info in English, see http://www.istanbulbookfair.com/
ENJOY 29th ISTANBUL BOOK FAIR !