Kemal Kurt

Kemal Kurt (*1947 in Çorlu, Turkey) studied in Turkey and the US and in 1975 moved to in Berlin where he attained his Ph.D. at the Tech. University. He wrote short stories, novels, poetry, essays, features, children’s books, radio plays, TV-filmscripts for children and published photography. In 1999 he had a fellowship at the Villa Aurora (exile home of Lion Feuchtwanger) in Pacific Palisades, CA, in 2000 at the international writers’ retreats Hawthornden Castle at Edinburgh and Waves of Three Seas at Rhodes, 2001 at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA. In 1991 and 2000 he had grants from the foundation Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung Berlin for children’s fiction. When the Meddah Comes was listed among the three best German children’s books in the spring of 1996 by WDR, Radio Bremen and Saarländischer Rundfunk and The Five Fingers and the Moon was chosen the Best Picture Book of the month December 1997 by the German Academy for Children’s Books. He died in 2002. (2012)

Issue 7 - Winter 2012