Senem Gökel (b. 1982, Nicosia) was born and grew up in Nicosia. She has been publishing her poetry since 2005. Her poems, translations and prose have been published in various literary magazines of Cyprus, Turkey and Greece, such as Varlık, Kitap-lık, Cadences, Mandragoras and Eneken. In 2012, she received the Fikret Demirag Poetry Award from the Union of Cyprus Writers, alongside the Cypriot poet Maria Siakalli. Their bilingual poetry collection (in Turkish, Greek) was published in the same year under the general title of Ποίηση / Şiirler. Her poetry collection in this book is titled as İkinci Jülide / Ζουλιντέ η δεύτερη. Gokel has participated in several poetry antologies as well as initiated and organized poetry events such as of Cypriot Poets: Transcending Conflict at the National Poetry Library, London (2017). In addition, she published two poetry pamphlets, one, as the author, and another, as the editor of the titles (Unutmabeni/Forget-Me-Not/Μη με λησμόνει, 2018; Cypriot Poets: Transcending Conflict, 2017.) As of 2013 she is a student at SOAS, University of London, working towards her PhD in History with a focus on the history of medicine.
Foto: Mehmet Nevzat Erdogan.
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