Author • Turkish literature
Born in Trabzon, Turkey, Sezer graduated from Ankara Gevher Nesibe Health Education Institute. She worked as a nurse and a teacher. Her poems were published in various literary magazines such as Kıyı, Karşı, Çağdaş Türk Dili and Varlık. After her first book of poems Kanadı Atlas Kuşlar (1991), she received Dünya Book Magazine Poetry Award for Çılgın Su (1993), Orhon Murat Arıburnu Poetry Award for Bir Şehrin Hatıra Fotoğraflarından (1998), 2006 Ceyhun Atuf Kansu Poetry Award for Dünya Tutulması (2005) and 2017 Dağlarca Poetry Award for Küçük Şeyler Mevsimi (2016). Kapalı Gişe Hüzünler (1996), Denizden Geçme Hali (2009) and Eyvah Annem Şiir Yazıyor (2017) were among her other poetry books. Sezer wrote books in different genres. Besides her city monographies and biography books, she is the author of novels Asklar ve Baharatlar (2008) and Mavi Cayirin Kadinlari (2013). The author received Türkan Saylan Art Award for her children’s poetry book Alfabeden Kaçan Harfler (2014) and ODTÜ Schools Children’s Literature Award for her children’s novel Juju Beni Unutma (2015). In 2018 she wrote a picture book series named “Bayan Şeftali ve Alya”. Hayal Vadisi (2011), Gizemli Yabancı (2014), Şahane Ekip (2015) and Kayıp Gerdanlık (2017) are among her many young adult novels. These were followed by Missing Spring (Saklı Bahar, 2017) published by ON8 and Life Patisserie (Hayat Pastanesi, 2017) from “Bridge Books” collection of Günışığı Kitaplığı. She wrote Truck Cafe (Kamyon Kafe) in 2018 and with this book, she took her extremely deserved place in IBBY 2020 Honour List. Sezer wrote her latest poetry book titled Laughter Cake (Kahkaha Keki) for children in 2020. Her latest young adult book, The Last Chance Stop (Şans Durağı Son Şans Durağı, 2021) depicts the story of a group of young people who all come from poor and broken families. Sezer lives in Ankara with her husband. She has a daughter and a son.