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Music Box with Poems by Turkish Poet Yaprak Oz

1526 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
September 06, 2015 (05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)

Music Box with Poems by Turkish Poet Yaprak Oz

ATA-DC Book Club kindly invites you to a poetry reading event featuring Turkish Poet Yaprak Oz.

Sunday, September 6th, 5:30pm

ATAA Türk Evi/Turkish House
1526 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

5:30pm Refreshments and Socializing
5:50pm Introduction
6:00pm Poetry Readings
6:30pm Q&A and Discussion
6:50pm Book Signing
7:30pm End of Event

This event is supported by Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA). Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author during the event.Space is limited to 40 people. Please RSVP by sending an email to


Music Box With Poems is the second book of the Turkish poetess Yaprak Oz. The book was published in 2009 by Yitik Ulke Publishing House. It was awarded with Cemal Sureya Success Award in 2009. There are 25 poems in the book, which focus on mostly a feminist point of view. Female sexuality, the pressure of conventional looks on women are hidden between the intensive usage of imagery in the book. Almost each poem is like a short story in itself, telling stories about the lives of different woman characters. There are also two poems in the book, which are dedicated to the American poetesses Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath, describing fictional moments from their lives. Most of the poems in the book have been translated into several European languages and have been published in many literature magazines, newspapers and compilation books both in Turkey and Europe.

The poems in the book are named as below:

Flower Music
The Nightmare Book
The Song of Miss White Lotus
Who is the murderer
The Magical Life of The Flowers in The Backyard
Little Cherry
My Mother's Mary Jane Shoes
The Things That The Mirror Told
The Death of of Miss Camellia
Black Magic
The Memory Book
Scales of Blueness
Summer Song
The Sewing Box Without Love and Songs From Gramophone
The Croissant Fairy and White Clouds
The Eskimo Poetess
I Had Met You in a Masquerade
The Embroidery
Half of a Mermaid

Yaprak Öz was born in 1973. She studied American Literature in the University of Istanbul. Her poems have been published in various magazines since 1997. Her first book Diary of The Storm was published in 2006. In 2009 she published her second book Music Box With Poems which won the 2010 Cemal Süreya Successful Poetry Book Award. Her third book One, Two, Three Sky has been published in 2012. Her fourth book, which is a novel, The Berliner Apartment, is published in 2013.  The fifth book, which is also a novel, Satan Disco, is published in 2015. She lives in Istanbul. She took part in an international literary project named Word Express organised by the English foundation Literature Across Frontiers, as one of the Turkish poets. She was invited to translation workshops in Europe and Turkey, and had also been invited to Sofiapoetics Festival, Europe Feminine Bienniale and many festivals in Turkey.