Iskender Pala was born in Uşak in 1958. He finished the Faculty of Literature, Istanbul University in 1979. He received his PhD in Divan Literature in 1983. Became an associate professor in 1993 and a professor in 1998. As a literary researcher, he has had academic and literary articles published in a number of encyclopedias and journals. Iskender Pala has also written course books for schools and high schools. During the years that he worked for the Turkish Armed Forces he carried out research in connection with Ottoman naval history and some of these have been published. In particular, his work in Divan literature is noteworthy. He has written articles, essays, stories and newspaper articles, inspired by classic poetry, to help the general public understand Divan literature. His seminars on Divan literature have appealed to a wide audience and very popular.