İsmail Kılıçarslan was born in the capital city of Turkey, Ankara in 1976. He has written poetry since he was 17. He is in a political poetry movement called neo-epic in Turkey. He has published five books and three of them are poetry. The poet is also a member of editorial board of İtibar Magazine which is one of the best selling literary journals of Turkey. He makes TV programmes and documentaries and writes columns for a newspaper; besides taking on coordinating task of International Üsküdar Poetry Festival.