Gonca Özmen was born in Burdur (southern Turkey) in 1982. She graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Istanbul in 2004. In 2008 she completed her M. A. and is now a Ph.D student at the same department.
Her first poem was published in 1997 when she was fifteen years old, and in the same year she was awarded the prize of ‘the most promising talent’ at the Yaşar Nabi Nayır Youth competition. She was awarded with the Ali Rıza Ertan Poetry Prize in 1999.