Görkem Yeltan was born in Nazilli in 1977. In 1993, she began acting at the Ali Poyrazoğlu Theatre while studying Literature at Istanbul University. From 1993 until 1999, she acted at various theatres in Istanbul. In 1999, she graduated from Istanbul University State Conservatory’s Theatre Department.
Her first children’s book, Red’s Letters (Kırmızı’nın Mektupları), was published in 2001. In 2002, Mehmet Güreli’s album “Odamda Yolculuk”, for which she had written lyrics, appeared. her children’s books Zebra Zaza (2003), White Sluggard (Hımbıl Beyaz, 2004), The Turtle and The Donkey (Kaplumbağa ile Eşek, 2005), Treasure Garden (Define Bahçesi, 2005), Butterfly Girl (Kelebek Kız, 2006), and The Leafy Cloak (Yapraklı Pelerin, 2007), Painted Anchovy and The Goldfish (Boyalı Hamsi ve Süs Balığı, 2007). Her works were also turned into music CDs for children.
Görkem Yeltan also writes articles on children’s literature for the column “Kaborüko” that appears in the book supplement Radikal Kitap.