Hilmi Yavuz worked as a journalist in London, where he also completed a degree in philosophy, and he later taught history and philosophy in Istanbul. In his poems, the aesthetics of Ottoman civilization become the object of deep, at times nostalgic, reflection within a thoroughly modernist framework. His volumes of poetry include Bakiş kuşu (1969; “The Glance Bird”) and Doğu şiirleri (1977; “Poems of the East”); Seasons of the Word (2007) is a collection of his poetry in English translation.
He is the author of more than thirty books. He has won major literary prizes for his poetry including a medal of honor awarded by the president of Chile for his translations of Pablo Neruda.