Holding BA, MA, and PhD degrees in English language and literature, Mustafa Bal is currently an assistant professor and the chairman of the department of English language and literature at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey. He specializes in contemporary British drama and drama/theatre theory. Comparative literary and cultural studies that cover subjects on British and Turkish literatures and cultures are among his academic interests. Dr. Bal is the editor-in-chief of The Human journal. Apart from his poems, translations, papers, and essays that appeared in national and international journals, Dr. Bal is also the Turkish translator of J. Joyce’s Dubliners (as Dublinliler), N. Gogol’s The Overcoat (as Palto), and Daniela Sacerdoti’s best-seller Dreams (as Rüyalar). Dr. Bal edits articles of literature(s) in English, comparative literary studies, drama & theater studies, and English to Turkish translations.
A PhD candidate in Turkish Language and Literature, Servet Gündoğdu is a poet whose early poems appeared in Varlık, Türk Edebiyatı, and Temrin. His poetry collection, Sürgündeki Şiir/Poetry in Exile (Granada Yayınları), won the 2012 Homeros Jury Special Award. Gündoğdu also edited “Çağdaş Türkiye’de Muhafazakâr Sanat Sorunu: Perspektifler ve Diyaloglar” that was published by Granada Yayınları in January, 2013. His poems, articles, book reviews, and interviews regularly appear in Granada Edebiyat Dergisi, Varlık, Türk Edebiyatı, Hece, Hece Öykü, and Ayraç. Servet Gündoğdu is also the co-editor of Granada Edebiyat Dergisi.
Ferhat Kentel is a professor and the chairman of the Sociology department at the Istanbul Şehir University. A natioanally acknowledged writer, an activist and a columnist, Kentel’s studies focus on modernity, popular life, new social movements, idenitity, Islamic movements, and ethnic societies. Dr. Kentel edits Sociology articles and essays.
Rebecca E. Martin has published widely on crime writing and detective fiction, as well as on the Gothic novel. She holds a PhD (English) from City University of New York Graduate Center where her specialization was the 18thcentury English Gothic novel; she also completed requirements for the graduate certificate in Film Studies from that institution. She is professor of literature and film studies at Pace University on its Pleasantville, NY, campus. In 2014 she edited a volume of essays on crime writing and detective fiction in the Critical Insights series published by Salem Press. Currently, she is editing a book of essays on American director Arthur Penn’s important and controversial 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde.
Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently, Cloud Pharmacy, named one of five finalists for the Julie Suk Award and a finalist for the IndiFab Award as well as The Alchemist’s Kitchen, finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award. Her other books include Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue,winner of the PEN Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award. She is a recipient of fellowships and awards from Artists Trust, the Fulbright Foundation, and The Times Literary Supplement of London. Her featured appearances include the Cuirt Literary Festival in Galway, Ireland, Seattle Arts and Lectures, Seattle, WA USA and the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina. Rich’s poems have appeared in over 100 publications including: the Antioch Review, Harvard Review, New England Review, Poetry Ireland, Witness, and World Literature Today.
Along with Catherine Barnett, Ilya Kaminsky, and Brian Turner, Susan is the co-editor of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Crossing Borders, a book of essays by poets who travel published by McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation. She has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer, a Human Rights Educator for Amnesty International and now teaches Creative Writing and film studies at Highline College.
Holding a BA degree in Turkish Language and Literature from the Bosphorus University, having received his MA degree in History and his PhD degree in Religious Sciences from Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes-Sorbonne Paris, Fatih Usluer is currently an Associate Professor at TOBB University of Economics and Technology. Dr. Usluer specializes in Classical Turkish Literature and Mystical Literature. Author of several books and many articles in Classical Turkish literature, Usluer teaches Classical Turkish Literature, Classical Persian and Classical Arabic in History and Turkish Language and Literature departments. Currently a post-doc at Harvard University, Dr. Usluer edits works in Classical, Modern, and Mystical Turkish literature.
Having completed his BA degree in Communication from Ege University, Kutsal Koruk set off to Germany for a two-year adventure. He tried his hand in various sectors until he started to work for Istanbul Şehir University as an Educational Technologies Expert. Designer of many websites, Kutsal Koruk is the name behind the highly developed, functional and intriguing website of The Human.
A dynamic contemporary artist from one of the most inspirational cities – Istanbul -, İsmail Eyler was educated in Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts program and Yıldız Technical University Interactive Media Design program. He later furthered his studies in FH Joanneum Media Design program in Graz, Austria. Eyler is a prolific artist. His filmography includes one-reelers called “Mono” (2005), “Conversation” (2006), “Tip of My Tongue” (2008), “Ordinary” (2009), “Rotation” (2010), “ ; ” (2011), and “Cubicals” (2011). His exhibitions and screenings appeared in various festivals and institutes such as Limits and Errors, Solo Show- Esc im Labor, in Graz (2011), Ordinary, Solo Show- Pub Mitanni, Istanbul (2012), and Hidden ScreenPlays, Sazmanab Space for Contemporary Art in Tehran (2012). İsmail Eyler is the art designer of The Human