An Invitation to a Poetry Reading Event!

Big Bend Poets warmly presents the guest speaker:

Ali F. Bilir, author and poet from Istanbul, Turkey
Internationally known – Introduce to Tallahassee Poets
Daughter – Defne Bilir, Ph.D Student at FSU

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, September, 9th, 2008
Location: Books a Million, Thomasville Road, at Capitol Circle Overpass, Tallahassee, FL
Time: 7:00 p.m. guest speaker, open mic starts at 8 P.M.

Lake Ella

“They scale death with separation…”~~~ Folk song

Lake Ella,
tiny lake
how familiar she seems —
yet completely separate

Lake Ella,
mysterious and
night tired
like a martin
onto the water

Water lily,
children running about,
woman with a puppy —

the day,
too busy
for me.

Lake Ella,
Why is separation
always more painful than

~~~Tallahassee, August, 2008; Translated by Susan Bright

Ali F.Bilir’s Recent Book “Migration Ballads” is at Cumhuriyet Newspaper

Ali F. Bilir`s recent book “Migration Ballads” is introduced in the daily Turkish newspaper, Cumhuriyet. The details about the news which is published in June 23th, 2008 is as following:

Bilir’s books have been Published

Culture Section – Poet Ali F. Bilir`s book, Migration Ballads, a combination of his two prior books, Göç Türküsü (1995) and Güz Anımsamaları (2003), has been published by Plain View Press in the US with the support of TEDA Project by Turkish Ministry of Culture. Migration Ballads is translated by Mehmet Ali Sulutaş and edited by poet Susan Bright.

The original news can be found at: Cumhuriyet Haberi

Ali F. Bilir was the guest speaker at Radio Kut, Austin, TX

Ali F. Bilir, his wife Saadet Bilir, his son Kuzey Bilir and publisher Susan Bright were guest speakers for the Radio KUT, for a show named, Kuta Eklektikos, by John Aielli. Ali F. Bilir read selections from his recently published book, Migration Ballads, at the program. Brightman read same verses in English. In the show, Kuzey Bilir held the task of interpreting and F. Saadet Bilir gave information about Turkish culture and Turkish music.

Radio show: Radyo programı