Zeynep Uzunbay was born in the Karaözü district of Kayseri in 1961. She graduated from the Vocational High School for Health and served as a nurse in Turhal and Tokat. In 1985, she graduated from the Faculty of Literature, Gazi University, Anakara. Since 1995, she has published four collections of poetry: Sabahçı Su Kıyıları (1999), Yaşamaşk (1998), Kim’e (2003) and Yara Falı (2006). In 1998 and 2004, she received awards for her poetry, some of which has been translated into English and Italian. After teaching in several schools, she retired in 2006. Uzunbay presently lives in Izmir, where she continues to write her own poetry and articles on the poetry of others.