Neşe Yaşın was born in 1959 in Cyprus. She is a poet well known and read on both sides of divided Cyprus. Her poem called “Which Half?” that she wrote at the age of 17 was composed by the Greek Cypriot composer Marios Tokas and became an icon of identity, an unofficial anthem for a united Cyprus.
She has published eight volumes of poetry, one novel and a research book on literature. Selections from her poetry has been translated to more than 30 languages, published in literary magazines and anthologies in different counties. A selection from her poems have been published in English translation with the title “Rose Falling Into Night”. She has participated in poetry festivals and readings around the world. Among others she has received the Anthias Pierides Award in 1998.
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