Born in Mêrîna, Batman in 1972, Selim Temo is a Kurdish poet, scholar, writer, and translator. Temo studied Anthropology in Ankara University (BA), Turkish Literature (MA) in Bilkent University where he also received his PhD degree. He has authored thirty books, including Kurdish or Turkish poetry, translations, anthologies, children’s books, novels, and news articles. He has also received several literary awards. As a result of the ongoing purge targeting academics, and other educational workers, Temo has recently been dismissed from his teaching position as an assistant professor in Artuklu University, Mardin.