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AYVAZOĞLU, Beşir

Poet and writer (b. 11 February 1953, Zara / Sivas). He also used the pen name Selim Gökçe. He attended primary and secondary schools in Sivas and graduated from Bursa Institute of Education, Department of Turkish Language and Literature (1975). He worked as an expert at the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (1976), as a columnist and editor in the newspaper Hergün (1978-79), as a teacher of Turkish language and literature at the schools under the Ministry of National Education (1979-85). He also worked as an editor of culture and art section of the newspaper Tercüman (1985-91), as an advisor at the Ministry of Culture (1991), as an editor of culture and art in the newspapers Türkiye and Zaman (1992-95). He has continued his studies as a member of the Radio and Television Supreme Board since 2001.

Ayvazoğlu is a founding member of Writers Union of Turkey, the Professional Association of Scientific and Literary Work Owners of Turkey; a founding member and general secretary of the Children Foundation, a member of the Turkish Journalist Association, the Editing Board of the Turkish Foundation of Religious Affairs’ Islam Encyclopedia Turkish Language and Literature Sciences and Board of Repertoire of the Municipal Theater in İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

His first article was published in the local newspaper Hizmet in Sivas, in 1968. He published his other works in many newspapers and reviews such as; Hizmet, Ötüken, Defne, Hisar, Türk Edebiyatı, Hareket, Divan, Dergâh, İzlenim, Türkiye Günlüğü, Yeni Türkiye, Hergün, Tercüman, Türkiye, Zaman, Aksiyon, etc. He collected the Turkish Authors Association Author of the Year Award in the category of thought in 1982 with his book titled Aşk Estetiği (The Esthetics of Love); the Award of Contribution to Turkish National Culture in 1986 with a documentary titled Muradiye, Ölü ve Gül (Muradiye, Death and Rose); and the Turkish Authors Association Author of the Year Award in 1992 in the category of essay, with his book titled Güller Kitabı (The Book of Roses).

WORKS:

STUDY – BIOGRAPHY – PORTRAIT: Aşk Estetiği (The Esthetics of Love, 1982), Yahya Kemal Eve Dönen Adam (Yahya Kemal, the Man Who Returns Back to Home, 1985), İslâm Estetiği ve İnsan (The Esthetics of Islam and Man, 1989), Güller Kitabı (The Book of Roses, 1992), Şeyh Galib Kitabı (The Book of Şeyh Galip, as the writer and editor, 1995), Tarık Buğra Güneş Rengi Bir Yığın Yaprak (Tarık Buğra, a Pile of Leaves in Color of Sun, 1995), Fuzuli Kitabı (The Book of Fuzuli, 1996), Defterimde Kırk Suret (Forty Faces on My Notebook, 1996), Hakkı Süha Gezgin / Edebî Portreler (Hakkı Süha Gezgin / Literary Portraits, as the editor, 1997), Dede Efendi (Dede Efendi, with the translation into Flemish language, the Netherlands, 1997), Muhammed İkbal Kitabı (The Book of Muhammed Ikbal, as the editor, 1997), Peyami / Hayatı Sanatı Felsefesi Dramı (Peyami / His Life, Art, Philosophy and Tragedy, 1998), Siretler ve Suretler (Characters and Figures, 1999), Bozgunda Fetih Rüyası (A Dream for Conquest in Defeat, biographical novel, 2001), Neyin Sırrı Hala Hasret (The Secret of Nay, Still Yearning, the lives of nay masters and their works of art, 2002), Doğu-Batı Arasında Peyami Safa (Peyami Safa Between the East and the West, 2002).

POETRY: Gülname (Rose Book, 1983), Güller Kitabı (The Book of Roses, 1995), Kaknus (Kaknus, 1993), Şiirler (Poems, 1996).

ESSAY: Geçmişi Yeniden Kurmak (Restoring the Past, 1987), Türkün Kültür Coğrafyasında Bir Gezinti (A Trip on the Cultural Geography of Turks, essays-travel, 1990), Halk Şiirinden Tarihe (From Folk Poetry to History, 1991), İslâm Estetiği (The Esthetics of Islam, 1992), Şehir Fotoğrafları (The Photographs of City, 1995), Geleneğin Direnişi (The Resistance of Tradition, 1996), Altı Çizili Satırlar (The Underlined Lines, 1997), Kuğunun Son Şarkısı (The Last Song of Swan, 1999), Bozgunda Fetih Rüyası (A Dream for Conquest in Defeat, 2002).

FABLE: Aslanlar, Tilkiler ve Eşekler (Lions, Foxes and Donkeys, 1989).