The author of poetry, plays, prose, film scenarios and songs. One of the most read Turkish writers of today and the unofficial spokesman of the LGBT community in Turkey. He was born in Istanbul in 1955 and after graduating the Ankara University he worked as a dramaturg in theatres in Ankara and in Istanbul. At the age of twenty-five he became a star overnight when his first collection of poems Osmanlıya Dair Hikayat [Stories about Ottomans] was published. Since then he has published another thirty books of poetry and prose. Two of his plays, Mahmud ile Yezida [Mahmud and Yezida] a Taziye [Condolence], are two of the most staged plays of the modern Turkish theatre. His short stories collections, such as Üç Aynalı Kırk Oda [Forty Rooms with Three Mirrors], are among the best works that contemporary Turkish literature has to offer.