Born in Ankara in 1961, Zafer Senocak has been living in Germany since 1970, where he has become a leading voice in the German discussions on multiculturalism, national and cultural identity, and a mediator between Turkish and German culture.
The widely published poet, essayist, journalist and editor, has won several prestigious literary awards in Germany. His works have been translated into Turkish, English, French, Dutch, and Hebrew. In 1996, Senocak was writer in residence at Miami University, Ohio and at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades.
Currently, he is Max Kade Distinguished Visitor and writer in residence at the Foreign Languages and Literatures Section at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Additional support has been provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Bonn, Germany.