Tekin Sonmez is writer, novelist, journalist, photograph artist and cinevision editor.

He was born in Turkey. He completed his primary and secondary education in Turkey and continued for his higher education in Stockholm, Sweden. He speaks Turkish, Swedish, English and Spanish languages.

Between 1964 and 1983, he wrote his first poems, essays and serial publications in newspapers; held photograph exhibitions and worked as director in some magazines and newspapers. In 1984, honorary membership of PEN International Sweden was given to Mr. Sonmez. In 1986, he has participated to the meeting of PEN International in New York as a member of PEN International Sweden.

In the meeting he presented a statement on Anatolia Civilization and Yunus Emre.

Between 1987 and 1990, he have lived Mannheim, Ludvigshafen and Berlin with contribution of Ministry of Culture in Mannheim City, and Berlin Senate for Culture in Germany, and he has written many articles about his experiments he had in these cities. Between 1990 and 1998, he have visited many countries in Asia and South America with contribution of PEN International Sweden (www.pen-international.org/centres/swedis centre/) and wrote articles about related countries. Between 2002 and 2011, he worked as war correspondent in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Armenia and wrote travel writings. These writings were published in some Turkish newspapers. At the same period, he shot documentary films and continued to publish his own stories and novels. Additionally, he lived in Istanbul and wrote essays about Galata and Beyoglu.

Mr. Sonmez published some his essays, stories and interviews via internet too (http://kitaplarvetekinsonmez.blogspot.com/). In cooperation with Ministry of Culture for Turkish and some Turkish universities, he designed some social projects. In this context, he made researches in Ankara (Kayaş), Erzurum and Kars, and published a novel based on his researches. His researches in Erzurum and Kars were in route that Pushkin had visited in 1820s. He published his researches in this region via internet (http://bardiztekinsonmez.blogspot.com/): Additionally he shared his literal products with local communities.

Between 2012 and 2015, he gave lectures in many book fairs (İzmir, İstanbul, Bursa, Ankara, Kocaeli, Erzurum etc.) in Turkey; and he organized trekking programs in places in his novels.

He was rewarded by municipalities and civil society communities due to his contribution to Turkish lecture life.
Serdar Yegül
16 Haziran 2016, Ankara

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