The 9th Annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival, organised by the American Turkish Association of North Carolina (ATA-NC), is a day-long celebration of poetry and notable poets. It was created in honour of Nâzım Hikmet Ran, widely regarded as one of the greatest contemporary poets in Turkey. One large part of the festival is a poetry competition, where local talents compete for a cash prize. Submissions for the poetry competition are due January 15.
If you want to learn more about Nâzım’s life and his works, Saime Göksu’s and Edward Timms’ excellent biography, Romantic Communist: The Life and Work of Nâzim Hikmet, is a good place to start. David Barchard reviewed this ‘lucid, intelligent and formidably well-researched book’ in Cornucopia 22.