Rıfat Ilgaz is a Turkish poet, author, and playwright. He is best known for his works in the genres of poetry, drama, and fiction. He has written over 20 books of poems and plays, and has been praised for his use of traditional Turkish language in his works. He has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Orhan Kemal Literature Prize and the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cultural and Art Prize. He is also a member of the Turkish Writers' Union. Ilgaz's poetry is often described as lyrical and romantic, and his plays often explore themes of love, marriage, and death. In addition to his writing, he is also an accomplished actor, having appeared in several films and television series.