Tarana Turan Rahimli (Azerbaijan)

Tarana Turan Rahimli (Azerbaijan)

Tarana Turan Rahimli is an Azerbaijani poetess, writer, journalist, translator, literary critic, teacher, academic, is an active member of the International Literary Agency in Turkey and Azerbaijan. She is a PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of Azerbaijan and World Literature Chair of Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University, author of 7 books and more than 400 articles. She is the editor and reviewer of 20 monographs and poetry books. Her works have been published in more than 30 Western and Eastern countries. Her poems were published in Azerbaijan, England, Italy, Spain, USA, Germany, Belgium, Chile, China, Oman, Turkey, Russia, Romania, India, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Tatarstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mexico, Morocco, Kocovo, Bosna-Hersogovina, Japan, Venezuela and in other countries. Including her poems and articles have been published in many international sites around the world, on periodicals and in anthologies.

Tarana Turan Rahimli was born into an educated family on February 20, in 1970, in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. During 1977 and 1987 she studied at the secondary school number 48 in Baku and at the secondary school number 1 in the city of Barda.  In 1990 she entered the faculty of philology of Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University and graduated from University in 1995.  In 2004 she defended candidate of sciences on the theme of “Creative activity of Kamal Talibzade”, and got the degree of candidate of philology. Just during the studentship years (1991-1994) she worked at the newspaper “Ganj muallim” (Young teacher) of ASPU, after graduating the university she worked as the responsible secretary of that newspaper (1994-2000) , then she became editor-in-chief  ( 2000-2007)  of that newspaper.  Meanwhile,  during 1996-1997 she was the responsible secretary of the newspaper “ Zaman” ( Time) , in 1999 she was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Azerbaijan fighters”,  during 2007-2008  she became the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “ Tahsil problemleri” ( Educational problems) . Since 2003 she is the teacher of the department of “The literature of Azerbaijan and world” of Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University, since 2008 she is in the post of a head teacher at the same department, since 2011 she is assistant professor of that department. Starting from 2012-2015 academic years she is the assistant professor of the department of “World Literature” of ASPU.  At the same time she teaches Japanese literature at the faculty of Oriental studies of Baku State University. Since 1992 she is the member of Azerbaijan Ashugs Union, (on poetry), since 1994 she is the member of  Union of Azerbaijani writers,  since 1998 she is  the member of the Council of Constitutor of World Young Turkish Writers , since 1999 she is the member of Union of Azerbaijani writers , since 2007 she is the member of  well-known honorable organization in Turkey  Cyprus Balkans, – The Organization of Eurasia Turkish Literature. She is the staff member of academic journal of “History and thinking” of Turkish World Studying Organization.

She is the founder of literary unities as “Qar Chicheyi” ( Primrose)  and “Addimlar” ( Steps)  ( ASPU), like the member of Union of World Young Turkish Writers she took an active part in compiling and publishing the poetry Anthologies titled as “Qar Chicheyi” , “Addimlar” and “The voice of Turk”.  She researches in the field of Azerbaijan literature, literature of Turkey, The literature of Bati Trakya, Russian literature, Japanese literature, the literature of western countries,  Azerbaijani literary critic.  She is engaged in giving lectures on the history of Azerbaijan literary critic, literary relations, literature of Western countries, literature of East Slavic people, literature of Japan, Modern Azerbaijani literature,  the literature of Turkish people.

Including she is engaged in writing poetry and prose, literary criticism, publicism and translation.  Her works have been published in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Italy Iran, Chili, Russia, England and other countries. She was the participant of a number of international symposiums, conference, and literary events.  She is the author of six books and more than 400 articles.

In 2007 Tarana Turan Rahimli got the prize of “Qelem” (Pen) of the competition held by “Caucasus Media” on the occasion of National Media and 170 yearly anniversary of Hasan  bey  Zardabi.  In 2007 she got the message of thanks by the Dean’s office of the faculty according to the results of the examinations held by her.

In 2009 she was honored with the prizes of “The scientific secretary of the year: by the Organization of New Writers and Artisans. In 2012 in Turkey she got Honorary Decree of Eurasia Turkish Literatures of Cyprus Balkans, the Honorary Decree of Gediz University of Turkish Republic, Official thanks of Izmir Konak  Municipality. Including she was honored with Honorably Decree of Istanbul Tuzla Municipality.

In 2013 at Baku gathering of   she got the prize of “For service to Turkish World” by the Union of World Young Turkish Writers.  On May of 2013 in Turkey she got Honorary Decree of KIBATEK, Honorary Decree of Okan university of Turkish Republic, on December of 2014 she got Honorary Decree and official thanking letter. In 2014 she was honored with the International Prize of Akif Samad by  Union of Turkish Activist Artisans.

On August of 2015 she was honored with Honorary Decree by Turkish Art Platforum.  Since May of 2015 she is grant-holder of the President of Azerbaijan Republic. She is received the honorary decree of the Pablo Neruda Cultural Association in Italy (KIBATEK-39) and premia International Gold Bridge in Bari Aldo Moro University’s  (2016). The International Award “Rasul Rza” in Azerbaijan and Mikayil Mushfig Prize, literary prize “Honor Service” from Kirkuk Cultural Center in Iraq. The poet won the competition “Veliero” film and literary competition held in 2017 in Calabria, Italy, Kazakhstan Writers’ World Literature Award 2018, December 29, 2018, Chile “Family” Honorary Diploma of Isla Negra World Poets Representative, June 10, 2018, Certificate of Success in Planning and Course Preparation, organized by Azerbaijan Teacher Development Center, 05.07.2018, Gracias a lavida “Momentos” Honorary Diploma of Isla Negra World Poets Delegation in Chile, April 2018, Diploma “Contributing to World Literature” for participation in the Chilean Thousand Poems Project for Peace and Happiness in the World by Chilean Isla Negra Poets Representative, May 2018, Divina Naturaleza Honorary Diploma of the Isla Negra World Poets Delegation in Chile,. February 10, 2019, Thanks to the “Sobra” newspaper in Saudi Arabia, April 4, 2019, Honorary Diploma for contributions from the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation and the World Young Turkish Writers Union to the project “100 Years of the Republic in the Eyes and Speeches of Creative Youth”, January 30, 2019, Medal of the Ambassador of International Literature in the Republic of Oman, February 9, 2019, Honorary Decision of the International Creativity and Humanity Forum in Morocco on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, Gold Writing Award of the Kyrgyz Writers’ Union, August, 2019, Diploma of the World Writers’ Union “World Poetic Star”, Kazakhstan, July 2019 and others.

A number of articles have been published about her literary activity in the scientific and literary press of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russian, Greek, Germany, Uzbekistan. In Turkey her two books “They will recognize me from my love” (İzmir, 2013,) “The poem that I didn’t write to you” (Ankara, 2013) have been published. Including her monograph “The decent follower of the Great generation” about Kamal Talibzade, the eminent literary critic, Academic of Azerbaijan ( Baku, ADPU publishing house, 2002), the poetry collection  of “The Whisper of Grief” (Baku, ADPU publishing house, 2007), textbooks titled as “The creative problems of literature and literary critic” (Baku, “Europe” publishing house, 2009), a scientific book titled as “From the literature to eternity” (Baku, YSEQ publication, 2015) have been published. In 2017 the monograph “The Azerbaijani prose and criticism” (Baku, “Science and Education” publishing house, 2017) was published and awarded with the honorary decree of the Union of Writers of Azerbaijan. In 2018, the book “Purple Clouds /translations from world poetry/” (Baku, ADPU publishing house, 2018) was published.


Poems by Tarana Turan Rahimli


Is there anything native than death?
Everything is expensive in the world,
Except the death and parting.
All the prayers are for the God,
The tears are the prayer of the eyes.
The years fell from the lifetime,
Like the leaves fall from the tree.
As if all the troubles were left,
For the period of time I live.
Those whom I left, became as strangers,
At last, there are few friends around me.
Now it is only me and the death,
Is there anything native than death?
I want a lifetime
I want a love,
Like the love of the children
To the children
And to the birds.
I want to hear a pleasant word,
Like the whisper of south-west wind
To the petals of the flowers.
I want a lifetime
Like the lifetime of a good poem.
I want a death
Like the death of a poet.
The picture of the silence
The birds remained hanging in the water
And the fishes in the water,
Early in the morning
Horizon passed away here.
The trees have become dry
Bending their top
In the place
Where the wind drove them out.
An autumn flower blossomed,
The slopes have become touched.
The clouds are hanging heavily
Towards the earth.
The color of the silent water in the sea
Has become turbid.
The surface of the sun is gloomy
The shoulders of the soil are tired.
The life is in its eternal silence
With its dumb scenes.
I wonder how the world seems oddly
In its coffin made of glass.
Translated by Sevil Gulten


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