Portrait of Hidayet Ceylan

Hidayet Ceylan

Hidayet Ceylan was born in Sivas, Turkey in 1964. He lived in Ankara after age five until migrating to Australia in 1997. He studied Mining Engineering in Turkey. Hidayet started writing poetry after 2001 and he was inspired by Alevi spirituality poets like Yunus Emre, Pir Sultan Abdal and Nesimi. He was also inspired by Joseph Campbell, Erich Fromm, Paulo Freire, Victor Frankl and Frantz Fanon.

Hidayet was awarded second prize in the poetry and short story competition held by UCLA – Paulo Freire Institute in 2007. His poems were published bilingually in various anthologies, magazines and newspapers in the USA, Turkey and Australia. He published a poetry book called Transformation to Human Being in 2011.​