Erdal Alova was born in Ankara, in 1952. He published his first poems in 1973 in one of the most eminent literary magazines of that time- Yeni Dergi. His first poetry book Songs just published was published in 1980. Since, he has published seven poetry books: Giz dökümü (Mistery documents; 1989) , Bitik Kent (The exausted city; 1999), Dizeler (Lines; 2001), Tensemeler (Verses, 2007), Toplu Şiirler (Collected poems; 2008) Unutuştan Sonsuza (2014), Birinci Çoğul Şarkı (First plural song ; 2015).
He has also translated European and ancient poets into Turkish: Neruda, Lorca, Cavafy, Sappho, Herbert etc. He is a winner of many national and international awards, both for his poetry and his translation.