The idea of a festival as a tribute to this preeminent poet emerged among friends in the NC Turkish community who appreciated his work and ideals of his life. As the excitement to organize such a festival grew with encouragement from the community, we started to favor an open event, which would draw on Nâzım Hikmet 's poetry and its ability to reach and influence other poets, and grow into a poetry festival that would feature not only Nâzım’s transcending work but also work from other local talents.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS:
Organized by the American Turkish Association of North Carolina (www.ata-nc.org)
Hosted by Town of Cary (www.townofcary.org), and
Supported by a major grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation (www.turkishculturalfoundation.org)
Organizing Committee Members:
Buket Aydemir, Pelin Balı, Richard Krawiec, Mehmet Öztürk, Birgül Tuzlalı, and Ezgi Üstündağ