İskender Pala

Author, Academician, Istanbul University of Culture.
He wrote articles, essays, stories and newspaper articles inspired by classical poetry so that Divan literature could be loved and understood again by the people. His Divan Literature seminars and conferences were followed by wide audiences and he was called “The Man Who make Divan Poetry loved”
He was born in 1958 in Uşak. He graduated from the Faculty of Letters at Istanbul University (1979). He became doctor (1983), associate professor (1993) and professor (1998) in Divan literature. He received Turkey Language Writers Association Award (1989), AKDTYK Turkish Language Association Award (1990), Turkey Union of Writers Review Award (1996). He was named “Folk Hero of Uşak” by his compatriots. Editions of his novels have reached hundreds of thousands, and these novels have received many awards and have been translated into foreign languages. He received the 2013 Presidential Grand Prize in literature. Iskender Pala is married and has three children and is a faculty member at Istanbul Kultur University.