Haydar Ergülen was born in 1956 in Eskişehir, in Central Anatolia, in a family of Alevi faith. He currently lives in Istanbul. Ergülen studied Sociology at the Middle east Technical University of Ankara. His poems have been published, since 1979, on the most prestigious Turkish literary magazines. He participated in important periodical projects, he regularly holds public readings and writing seminars, on top of directing two literary festivals – one in Eskişehir and one in Istanbul. Ergülen is a very prolific writer, he has published fourteen poetry collections, essays on literature and cinema and a children's book of short-stories. His poetry books have won numerous literary prizes.