Mely Kiyak, b. 1976 in Sulingen, is a journalist and author. Her texts have been published by major newspapers and publishing houses.
In 2011, she was awarded the Theodor Wolff Prize for her book Ein Garten liegt verschwiegen…Von Nonnen und Beeten, Natur und Klausur (tr.: A garden lies concealed…on nuns and flowerbeds, nature and retreats). Further publications include Herr Kiyak dachte, jetzt fängt der schönes Teil des Lebens an (tr.: Mr Kiyak thought these would be the best years of his life, 2013), and Istanbul Notizen (tr.: Istanbul notes, 2013). Her political columns for the Frankfurter Rundschau and Berliner Zeitung have been collected in the volume: Briefe an die Nation und andere Ungereimtheiten (tr.: Letters to the nation and other inconsistencies, 2013). Since 2013, she has written political columns entitled Kiyaks Deutschstunde (tr.: Kiyak’s German lessons) for ZEIT Online as well as Kiyaks Theater Kolumne (tr.: Kiyak’s theater column) for the Gorki Theater. Her play Aufstand (tr.: Revolt) premiered at the Staatschauspiel in Karlsruhe and is currently on stage at the Gorki Theater.
Mely Kiyak was named Journalist of the Year in 2015 for her stage show Hate Poetry. She regularly chairs artists’ talks on a variety of social and political issues, such as Wo ist Deine Kunst zu Hause? (tr.: Where is your art at home?) for the Körber Foundation, Hamburg, and Weltausstellung (tr.: World exhibition) for Schauspiel Hannover.