Asli Erdogan

Asli Erdogan

Asli Erdogan is a Turkish writer and human rights advocate. She works for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish opposition newspaper. Erdogan and 20 other journalists were arrested following the July 2016 failed coup. Despite her conditional release in December 2016, Erdoğan's indictment still seeks an aggravated life sentence for her involvement with the news outlet. Erdoğan was previously the Turkish representative for PEN International's Writers in Prison Committee from 1998 to 2000. In 1990, her first story, The Final Farewell Note, won her third place in the Yunus Nadi Writing Competition. Afterwards, she continued to receive a number of awards and prizes for her work, including Wooden Birds and Kırmızı Pelerinli Kent. Erdogan was also more recently a writer-in-residence from 2015-2016 for The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), an independent organization of cities and regions offering shelter to writers, journalists and artists at risk of persecution. In 2018, Erdogan was awarded the Simone de Beauvoir Prize.