Lale Müldür

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Lale Müldür, 2018

Lâle Müldür (born 1956, in Aydın, Turkey) is a Turkish poet and writer, considered one of the most influential Turkish poets of the last several decades.[1]


After graduating from Robert College, Müldür went to Florence to study with a poetry scholarship. She returned to Turkey to study electronics and economics for one year each at Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi in Ankara. After two years in Ankara, she went to the United Kingdom, where she received her Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Manchester, and her Master of Science in the sociology of literature from Essex University.[2]

Müldür then married a Belgian painter named Patrick Claeys and lived in Brussels from 1983 to 1987.

Müldür worked as a columnist for the Radikal newspaper for a time.

In 2002, Müldür suffered a brain hemorrhage, but soon recovered.[3]

Some of her poems have been set to music, the most famous being "Destina" by Yeni Türkü. Other; "La Luna"

Müldür's work has also received international recognition. Two selections of her poetry have been translated into English, one titled Water Music (Dublin: Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann; Tyrone Guthrie Centre, 1998), the other titled I Too Went to the Hunt of the Deer (Istanbul: Artshop Yayıncılık, 2008). A collection of her work inspired by the French painter Colette Deblé has been translated into French, Ainsi parle la fille de pluie / Yağmur Kızı Böyle Diyor (Istanbul: Institut français, 2002).



  • Uzak Fırtına (1988)
  • Voyıcır 2 (1990, written with Ahmet Güntan)
  • Seriler Kitabı (1991)
  • Kuzey Defterleri (1992)
  • Buhurumeryem (1993)
  • Divanü Lûgat-it-Türk (1998)
  • Saatler / Geyikler (2001)
  • Ultra-zone'da Ultrason (2006; Altın Portakal (Golden Orange) Poetry Award, 2007[4])
  • Güneş Tutulması 1999 (2008)
  • Medine ve Kavun Likörü (2009, written with Seyhan Özdamar)
  • Siyah Sistanbul (2011)
  • Anne'ye Ayetler ve O'nun Postmortem Alâmetleri (2012)
  • Yağmur Kızı Böyle Diyor (2012)


  • Bizansiyya, Yapı Kredi Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-975-08-1188-3

Collected newspaper columns[edit]

  • Anne Ben Barbar Mıyım? (1998)
  • Haller Leyla (2006)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2008-04-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) PEN America page for Lale Müldür
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2008-04-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Müldür's page at a database of contemporary Turkish literature
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-10-04. Retrieved 2008-04-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Alumni news, RC Quarterly
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2008-04-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Golden Orange (Altın Portakal) Poetry Award, 2007