Nilay Özer

- Turkey -

As a Istanbul born and raised poet, Nilay Özer was graduated from Kandilli Kız Lisesi and studied biology teaching and primary teaching in Marmara University, Department of Biology Teaching and Department of Primary. After she worked as an elementary school teacher for two years she received her MA degree from Bilkent University, Department of Turkish Literature with her thesis about the form-content opposition in Turgut Uyar’s book entitled Divan. She received her PhD from the same department in 2012 with her dissertation titled “Images in Nâzım Hikmet’s Human Landscapes From My Country: Society, History and Cinema”. She has been teaching Turkish, Creative Writing and modern Turkish Literature in major universities and attained different workshops and gatherings about literature in various NGO’s and instutions since 2008.


Following her early poems published in various literary magazines including Varlık, Adam Sanat in 1995, her first book titled Zamana Dağılan Nar, was published in 1999. She received the Cemal Süreya Poetry Award in 2004 with her second book titled Ol!.. Her third book Korkuluklara Giysi Yardımı were published in 2015. Nilay Özer’s literature for children has been publishing by Yapı Kredi Yayınları including Meşe Palamudu Macanda (2015), Uçan Kaçan Bir Pijama Öyküsü(2016), Yara Bandı Fabrikası (2016), Üç Ejder Masalı (2017), Unutkanlık Boruları, Dalgınlık Kanalları (2018).

“Nilay Özer did not choose to suffer like Baudelaire, but became stronger with the pain and rebelled. Taking her strength from pain, depression and melancholy, she rebels against the attitude of those who play the role of a scarecrow in the face of all kinds of power and makes this a way of life. Constructing a new imagination that fits today's philosophical, scientific, sociological and artistic perception, the poet transforms traditional forms by rendering them authentic. As a result of the transition from a natural and sharing society to a materialistic and mechanical society; the imbalance and disorder in the moral and conscience perceptions of the individual have made the individual a puppet in life, leaving him alone with the rulelessness that Durkheim explained with the concept of anomie in the absence of sharing and socialization. The poet, who skillfully incorporates the exhausted and depressed individual in the well of globalization, together with a sense of melancholy, builds her imagination in order to raise the sense of socialization hidden in the subconscious to the level of consciousness.




Nilay Özer's images, which reproduce themselves every moment in connection with the mental abilities and experiences of the reader, become original by overcoming the language crisis. This imagary and imagination strengthens the intellectual aspect of her poetry. While the density of visual images makes his poetry more realistic, it strains the imagination of the reader. This imagination, which is clearly established consciously, transforms Özer's poetry from abstract into concrete.”

- Şerif Fatih, poet, critic