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Cengis Asilturk

Cengis has a Masters and PhD in cinema. He has published two award winning poetry books; Cennetin Öte Yanında (1987), İsyan Çiçeği (1991). No longer writes poetry but has been filming short films with his first feature film in the works. His short films have been screened in Germany, France, the U.S., Checzh Republic, Iran and has received awards. He has been working as an assistant director in Turkish TV productions and feature films. Also teaches cinema classes at various universities and film workshops.

Aydın Bal

Aydın Bal is currently working on his doctorate degree and teaching at Arizona State University. He writes theatre plays, poetry and short stories.

Jen Chumbley

J. Chumbley has lived in Arizona most of her life. She has a degree in anthropology and enjoys writing in all forms. Her biggest loves in life (and not in order) are traveling, cooking, writing, reading, cinema, music, Weezie, and her husband Aydın.

Zeki Demirkubuz

Demirkubuz is a graduate of the İstanbul University, Department of Communications. He began his career as an assistant to director Zeki Okten. He followed his first film, Block C (C Blok), with Peace Express (Barış Ekspresi), a documentary, but his later work has mainly been based on original screenplays conceived and written by Demirkubuz himself. Demirkubuz first gained the notice of film critics and international audiences with Innocence (Masumiyet), which was screened at numerous festivals in Turkey and Europe. This was followed by the successful reception of Fate (Yazgı) and Confession (İtiraf), which were both screened at Un Certain Regard at Cannes, and are the first two features in Tales About Darkness, a trilogy that concludes with Waiting Room (Bekleme Odası) which won FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Award at the 2004 Valencia Film Festival in Spain. Demirkubuz also won a FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) award and the Best Director prize at the Istanbul Film Festival for Fate and Confession. Fate also won for Best Director, Best 3rd Film, and Jury Special Award at the 38th Golden Orange Film Festival in Antalya, Turkey.

Sara DeTurk

Sara DeTurk (who is German-American, but believes to have inherited her name from an Eleventh-Century Turkish ancestor) received her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication from ASU in 2004. She now teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she can be contacted at The original version of this paper was written in 2002 for an ASU anthropology class.

Ferhat Özgür

Ferhat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Painting, College of Fine Arts at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. His works were exhibited in various contemporary art shows and international biennales both in Turkey and abroad. His research and review pieces on art frequently appear in newspapers and publications such as Cumhuriyet Gazetesi, Cumhuriyet-Kitap, Arredamento Mimarlık, Milliyet Sanat, Skala, Yapı Kredi-Kitaplık, Genç Sanat, Türkiye'de Sanat.

Özgür Soğancı

İsmail Özgür Soğancı, is a PhD candidate at Arizona State University and is currently working on his dissertation which problemetizes the gap between the Kemalist art educational practice in Turkey and the historical visual traditions of Anatolia with a focus on the place of figurative representation in the cultures of Islam. He is also interested in art making and chooses to conserve his work in book format some of which can be seen in his website:


Sinan Yucel

Sinan Yucel holds a BA and an MSA in Graphic Design. Aside from his professional design work, he paints a little bit, draws a little bit, and even writes a little bit.



Tongue images on the cover and contents pages by Aydın Bal, Özgür Soğancı, and Sinan Yucel.