Gulnar Salykbay is a Kazakh poet and literary translator. She has worked for various mass media and is editor-in-chief of the national TV Channel Qazaqstan. Her first poetry collection was published to great acclaim and two more followed. Her poems are considered a meticulous reflection of the depths of the human condition and her passion and linguistic experimentation mark her as a strikingly distinctive voice in contemporary Kazakh poetry. Her verses feature in national and international anthologies and two volumes have been published in China. She has translated poetry into Kazakh and her own poems have been translated into several languages. Salykbay has won the State Prize of Kazakhstan, the Serper Prize of the Union of Youth of Kazakhstan, the International Alash Literature Prize, the Aibergenov Literary Prize, the Poetry Prize of the nationwide contest dedicated to the 150th Anniversary of Abai and the international Shyghys Shynary poetry competition.