Meral Şimşek is a Kurdish author of novels and poetry, based in Turkey. Her poetry collections include Refugee Dreams (2013), Clouding the Fire (2015) and Black Fig (2017). Her first novel Pomegranate Stain was published in 2017. Her poems have won first prize and twice been runners up in the Martyr Deniz Fırat Turkish Poetry Prize. In 2018 she was named Best Poet in Diyarbakır's Golden Earth Awards. As well as working as a journalist, she also works as an editor and a songwriter.