I was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and have lived in the United States since 1959. I am married and have two children. I make my living in the antique Oriental carpet business.
My writing career includes poetry, essays and translations from Turkish poetry. My upcoming publications include the essay "The Peripheral Space of Photography," which will be published in the Green Integer Series by Sun and Moon Press this year; I am preparing a 20th century Turkish Poetry anthology to be published by Talisman in 2003; my "parallel essays" on the French photographer Frédéric Brenner's collected works on Jews, along with twenty other writers (including Carlos Fuentes, Ammiel Alcaly, Derrida, etc.), will appear in 2002; I am included in the upcoming CD-Rom issue of Kenning Magazine.
Some of my publications:
- Questions of Accent, in Thus Spake The Corpse (An Exquisite Corpse Reader, 1988-1999), Black Sparrow Press (Santa Rosa, 1999) - Essay
- The Blind Cat Black and Orthodoxies, Sun & Moon Press (Los Angeles, 1997) -Translation
- I, Orhan Veli, Hanging Loose Press (New York, 1989) - Translation
- The Bridge, Martin Brian & O'Keeffe (London, 1977)
- State of the Union, 2001 (produced by Elliott Sharp)
- The Little Magazine, Volume 21 (the CD Issue)
- Talisman (including last two issues, 20 and 21).
In the Web I appeared in:
- Big Bridge #5 ("Mao & Matisse..." essay)
- Read Me #4 (essays, poems and translations)
Here are a few links to my work:
- Vocabularies of Space http://www.albany.edu/~litmag/vol21b/murat/vocab.html
- http://www.english.upenn.edu/~wh/calendar/0301.html (in this University of Pennsylvania home page, Writer House, you can access me reading a good deal of my recent work)
- http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~sibel/poetry/murat_nemet_nejat.html (besides my essay "Questions of Accent"; this home page contains selections from my poem "Turkish Voices" and I think the whole text of I, Orhan Veli.)
- http://www.bigbridge.org/issue5/fi_nejat.htm ("Mao & Matisse: Decorative Poetics")
- http://www.cichw.net/mnn.htm ("Translation and Style).
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