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He was born in 1959 in Zonguldak, at the Black Sea coast of Turkey, as the only child of Fatma Süzme Afyonlu, a poet and painter, and Nihat Ziyalan, a poet, writer and actor.

Mustafa Ziyalan

He is graduated from the German High School of Istanbul and Istanbul Medical School of University of Istanbul.

He stayed in Vienna, Austria, and Mainz, Germany.

He worked as a general practitioner and coroner in a rural Anatolian village and started his residency training in psychiatry at Bakirköy Hospital for Mental and Neurological Diseases in Istanbul. He worked with torture victims, prison inmates, children abusing volatile substances and pathological gamblers.

Fatma Süzme'yle Nihat Ziyalan

Fatma Süzme Afyonlu, Nihat Ziyalan;
Zonguldak, 1958

He had psychoanalytical psychotherapy training in Los Angeles and completed his residency training in psychiatry at New York University.

He works as a psychiatrist in New York. He has done research on schizophrenia and been working with persons with AIDS and developmental disorders.

He lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with Pınar and two pets, a goldfish and a cat on permanent loan from his children.

His poetry, short fiction, essays and poetry translations (from Paul Auster, Ingeborg Bachmann, Erich Fried and Anna Akhmatova, among others) have appeared in many literary periodicals, anthologies and in book form since 1983.


Land of Smiles / Gülümsemeler Ülkesi, bilingual poetry collection with woodcuts by Vladimir Ginzburg, 2009

Manhattan'da Şiir Konuşmaları (Poetry Talks in Manhattan), poetry writings, 2009

İstanbul Noir, edited with Amy Spangler, 2008

Bucaksız (No Quarter), poems; 2008

Kızıl Kanca Şiirleri (Red Hook Poems), poems; 2007

Yakılacak Kentlerden (From Cities Slated to Burn), with photography by Murat Eyüboğlu, essays and travel writing;  2007

Su Kedileri (Water Cats), short fiction; 2005

New York'un Arabı (The Other of New York), poems; 1998

Dünle Yarın Arasında (Between a Yesterday and a Tomorrow), poems; 1990.


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