Tanagoz Tolkynkyzy is a poet and journalist. She has worked in a range of mass media, and is currently a producer at the national TV Channel Qazaqstan. Her debut poems, published when she was eleven, won numerous literary contests among young poets. Since then she has appeared frequently in literary periodicals, securing her reputation as a striking emerging writer. Tolkynkyzy has published four collections. Her verses are regarded as a fine example of contemporary Kazakh poetry for their daring expression of the most intimate feelings common to many Kazakh girls, nevertheless underwritten in official Kazakh verse. She has translated poetry into Kazakh and edited the first anthology of Kazakh poets in Spanish and Azerbaijani.