Mel Kenne has written six books of poetry. His most recent collection, Take, was published in 2012 by Muse-Pie Press. In 2010, Yapı Kredi Publishers in Istanbul published a bilingual collection of his poetry, Galata’dan / The View from Galata, in Turkish and English. His second book, South Wind, won the 1984 Austin Book Award. In 2010, he was one of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award winners. He has also translated or co-translated much poetry from Spanish, French and Turkish into English, and he co-translated, with Saliha Paker, two novels by the Turkish writer Latife Tekin: Dear Shameless Death and Swords of Ice. He lives in Eski Foça, on the Aegean coast of Turkey.