Ali F. Bilir sends many thanks to Tallahassee Writers Association

Ali F. Bilir, a popular short story writer and poet from Turkey, met with Tallahassee Writers` Association (TWA) members on October 16th. There was a big interest for the poetry reading event in which Bilir is a guest speaker.event_twa1

Many accomplished local writers and poetry lovers gathered to share the universal language of the poetry. Founded in 1984, The Tallahassee Writers’ Association is a dynamic organization of writers, published and unpublished, most of whom live in the Greater Leon County area of North Florida. TWA’s purpose is to provide fellowship and promote skills among area writers to help them develop their craft and get their writings published.


During the event, Bilir’s daughter, Defne (a PhD. student in Interdisciplinary Humanites Program at FSU) recited her father’s poems in English. They also introduced Turkish musical and cultural traditions to the guests of the event.

Turkish Poetry on the Bridge of Culture between the Middle East and the West

The noted Turkish poet, Ali F. Bilir attended a poetry reading session at Florida State University. He shared examples from his heart-warming poems and signed his latest book, Migration Ballads. The event took place at Florida State University, Diffenbaugh Building on October 16th, 2008.

At the event, Ali F. Bilir’s daughter, Defne Bilir, a PhD. student at FSU, recited his poems in English.


Ali F. Bilir warmly saluted the Middle Eastern Center at Florida State University: “It was my pleasure to attend such a beautiful event that we talked about culture and shared love of poetry and happiness. I would like to thank you and all of the poetry lovers for the kind invitation and hospitality.” His Speech