Ruth Christie

Ruth Christie was born and educated in Scotland, taking a degree in English Language and Literature at the University of St Andrews. She taught English for two years in Turkey and later studied Turkish language and literature at London University. For many years she taught English literature to American undergraduates resident in London. With Saliha Paker she translated a Turkish novel by Latife Tekin (Marion Boyars, 1993) and in collaboration with Richard McKane a selection of the poems of Oktay Rifat (Rockingham Press, 1993), and a major collection of Nazim Hikmet's poetry, again with Richard McKane, was published by Anvil Press in 2002. In 2004, In the Temple of a Patient God, her translations from the Turkish of Bejan Matur, was published by Arc Visible Poets. Recent translations include a major collection Poems of Oktay Rifat with Richard McKane (Anvil Press, 2007) and The Shelter Stories by Feyyaz Kayacan Fergar (Rockingham Press, 2007).

Suat Karantay

Prof. Suat Karantay completed his BA at Robert College/Istanbul in comparative literature and his MA in the same area at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in English and American literatures. Since 1983 he has been teaching as a professor in the Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies at Bogazici University/Istanbul. He mainly translates literature from Turkish into English and maintains the Contemporary Turkish Literature Website at He has edited numerous books and literary journals.

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