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İsmet Özel (born 1944 in Kayseri) is a Turkish poet. Özel attended classes at Political Science Faculty of Ankara University, but graduated from the French Language department of Hacettepe University. He published Halkın Dostları magazine with Ataol Behramoğlu.

İsmet Özel's songs of freedom derived its content from socialism but its structure and symbolism reflected the tastes of Second New Generation. In 1970s İsmet Özel developed a mystic and islamist view which shocked his leftist audience.

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