Murat Nemet-Nejat was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and lived in the United States since 1959. He studied literature at Amherst College and Columbia University in the United States. He is the author of several books of poetry like The Bridge, The Spiritual Life of Replicants, Structure of Escape, Animals of Dawn. He is the editor of Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry. His books of translations also include Ece Ayhan's Blind Cat Black and Orthodoxies, Orhan Veli's I, Orhan Veli, most recently Birhan Keskin’s Y’OL.