The philosopher and mystic G. i. Gurdjieff grew up in Kars.
The Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents was born in Kars.
Kars is the setting of the novel Kar (Snow) by Orhan Pamuk.
Anna Zimmerman, maternal grandmother of American folk singer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman) grew up in the area around Kars.
The actress Hülya Avşar has a familial relation with Kars.
The actor Tamer Karadağlı was born in Kars.
[…] “Robert Allen Zimmerman" (Jewish name: Zushe ben Avraham), was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised there and in Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Iron Range northwest of Lake Superior. Research by Dylan's biographers has shown that his paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman, emigrated from Odessa in Ukraine to the United States after the antisemitic pogroms of 1905. Dylan himself has written (in his 2004 autobiography, "Chronicles") that his paternal grandmother's maiden name was Kyrgyz and her family originated from Istanbul, although she grew up in the Kagizman district of Kars in Eastern Turkey. He also wrote that his paternal grandfather was from Trabzon on the Black Sea coast of Turkey. His mother's grandparents, Benjamin and Lybba Edelstein, were Lithuanian Jews who arrived in America in 1902.[…]