On November 10th, Ali F. Bilir attended the poetry reading event as the guest speaker, organized by Big Bend Poets (BBP), a chapter of Florida State Poets Association.
The poetry reading event started with a short speech by Bilir. After reading verses from his famous poems in both Turkish and English, Bilir answered questions by poetry lovers. Meeting concluded with poems read by amateur and professional poets. This is the second BBP poetry reading event, following his first appearance in October 2008.
Bilir’s daughter Defne Bilir, a PhD. candidate at Florida State University, served as an English translator for the event. She also recited Ali F. Bilir’s poems in English.
BBP is a North Florida based poetry society open to public. The organization’s purpose is to promote poetry to benefit the community. BBP group meets second Tuesday of each month at one of the local bookstores in Tallahassee.