Storywriter and novelist (b. 1947, Savcılı Ebeyit village / Kaman / Kırşehir). He attended Ankara Atatürk High School (1966) and graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography (1970). His graduate thesis was Türk Romanında Yöre Dili (Regional Language in the Turkish Novel). He worked as a lecturer at Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of Turkish Language and Literature. He is still the chairman of the department.
His articles have been published in the newspapers Vatan and Barış, in the reviews Varlık, Gösteri, Türk Dili, Virgül, E, Adam Öykü, Eğitim ve Bilim and in the annals Varlık. He collected the Lions Jury’s Special Award in 1979 with Çürük Kapı (Flimsy Door), the Mehmet Ali Yalçın Novel Award in 1981 with Toprak Kovgunları (Raid on the Land), the Sıtkı Dost Children’s Literature Award in 1987 with Yitik Kuzular (Lost Lambs) and the PEN Orhan Kemal Story Achievement Award in 1995 with Bir Şarkıyı Dinlerken (Listening to a Song). His play Kayıp Kuzu (The Lost Lamb) was staged at the Ankara Public Theatre. He is a member of the Arts Foundation and the Turkish Authors Association.
SHORT STORY: Çürük Kapı (Flimsy Door, 1978), Bir Şarkıyı Dinlerken (Listening to a Song, 1995), Küskün Fotoğraflar (Sulky Photographs, 2004).
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Yitik Kuzular (Lost Lambs, 1989; published as a play, 1992), Çıngırak (Bell, play, 2000).
NOVEL: Toprak Kovgunları (Raid on the Land, 1982), Geç de Olsa (Even It is Late, 1989).
STUDY: Türk Dili (Turkish Language, 1990), Öğretemediğimiz Türkçe (The Turkish Language That We Fail to Learn, 1999).