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.
The festival will feature readings from the 2017 Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Competition winners. There will also be a panel discussion in honour of the Polish poet, essayist and translator Wislawa Szymborska, recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition, the scholar, writer and translator Erdağ Göknar, best known for his award-winning translation of Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s novel My Name Is Red, will read from his latest poetry book, Nomadologies. Taking its organising principle from the grammar of nomadic life, Nomadologies explores a life lived between Turkey and America. The full programme can be found on the festival’s website.
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.