Wor(l)ds in Danger
Life is words in action, literature is action in words.

Humans are about to destroy their spaceship Earth. Some of them are aware of this and they try to change the course of events. Will they succeed? Will more humans be alarmed and do something?

Literature is vital and translators are messengers of world peace.

Though I shall focus on the literary scene in Turkey and its problems regarding freedom of expression, I shall not omit the other parts of our planet. Today local is global and vice versa.
Tarık Günersel is a poet, playwright, aphorist, librettist and short story writer. He is the president of PEN Turkey and an ex-member of the PEN International Board. He studied English Literature at Istanbul University. A self-exile after the military coup in 1980, he spent four years in Saudi Arabia with his wife Füsun and their daughter Barış, teaching English. A dramaturg at Istanbul City Theater since 1991, he has acted on stage and screen and directed some of his plays. He proposed World Poetry Day in 1997 which was accepted by PEN International and declared by UNESCO as the 21st of March. His translations into Turkish include works by Samuel Beckett, Vaclav Havel and Arthur Miller. His works include The Nightmare of a Labyrinth (mosaic of poems and stories), and How's your slavery goin'? His Oluşmak (To Become), a "life guide for myself," includes ideas from world wisdom of the past four millennia. He has recently initiated the Earth Civilization Project with the support of several intellectuals from various parts of the planet.
  • Optimism in Action

    Columnist Tarık Günersel discusses the importance of language when addressing oppressive governments, and need for optimism in the face of Turkey’s current limitations on freedom of expression.


  • Blocking Minds

    Columnist Tarik Günersel discusses Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to the White House, the blocking of Wikipedia in Turkey, and the resulting protests to fight for freedom of speech and information.


  • Neo-Ottoman Fascism

    Following the fraudulent referendum, the government detained several protesters from their homes. Anyone critical of the fraud is considered a traitor. How dare you question the wisdom and rightfulness of Chief Erdoğan?