11th Annual Nazım Hikmet Poetry Festival


MAR. 24, 2019

11th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival was held in Cary.

For the past decade, the Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival (NHPF) has been organized by a team of volunteers to serve local and international poets and poetry lovers.

We are very fortunate to have seen the number and quality of submissions of original, unpublished poetry to the Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Competition grow with each passing year—in 2018, we received more than 150 submissions from around the world. During its first ten years, the Festival recognized and published more than 100 poets, a remarkably diverse cohort representing various states, countries, backgrounds and publishing experience. Many of our winners and honorable mentions have gone on to release their own books and place in other competitions. We strive to make the Festival, to which all winners and honorable mentions are invited so they can read their winning poems live, an opportunity for these individual artists to connect and build their own literary communities.

The Festival also aims to place the current generation of poets honored by the Competition in an international literary context. Each year, we celebrate and remember a poet of worldwide renown through live readings in their native tongues, panel discussions, presentations and musical performances. Some of our past featured poets have included Pablo Neruda, Mahmoud Darwish, Seamus Heaney, Anna Akhmatova, Rumi and Wisława Szymborska. The invited talks given at the Festival as well as the winning poems and the poets’ bios are published and the books are available on Amazon.

More information about the festival can be found on its website: http://www.nazimhikmetpoetryfestival.org/

NHPF is made possible through the generous contributions of the American-Turkish Association of NC, Town of Cary and Duke University.