George Messo

George Messo in the foothills of Mount Damavand, Iran.

George Messo is a poet, editor, translator and teacher. His most recent book of poems, Violades & Appledown, was published in 2012 by Shearsman Books. He is the editor of the  Turkish Modern Poets series for Red Hand Books and the editor of the international journal Turkish Poetry Today.

George Messo is a Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

Poetry: From the Pine Observatory (2000), Entrances (2006), Hearing Still (2009), Violades & Appledown (2012).

Translation: A Leaf about to Fall: Selected Poems – İlhan Berk (2006), Madrigals – İlhan Berk (2008), The Book of Things – İlhan Berk (2009), İkinci Yeni: The Turkish Avant-Garde (2009), From This Bridge: Contemporary Turkish Women Poets (2010), The Sea Within – Gonca Özmen (2011),  & Silk & Love & Flame: Selected Poems – Birhan Keskin (2013).

In Turkish: Aradaki Ses (2005), Avrupa’nın Küçük Tanrıları (2007).

Essays: Into the Labyrinth: Essays on Modern Turkish Poetry (forthcoming, 2014).


2 responses to “George Messo

  1. Hello Mr. Messo, I am very interested in the book “From This Bridge: Contemporary Turkish Women Poets”. Would you tell me where I could buy this book? Thank you in advance
    Angelica Erbslöh

    • georgemesso

      Hi Angelica, the book you ask about is currently out of print, but I’m pleased to say that a new, second edition is going to be published in 2015 by Red Hand Books. You can find more information at
      I hope that’s helpful.

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