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Maria Eliades is a Greek-American writer, journalist, editor, and researcher who lives in the New York metro area, but formerly lived in Istanbul, Turkey for six years. Maria covers politics, culture, art, literature, fashion, travel, food, and leisure in Turkey and Greece.

Her bylines include work for the Ploughshares blog, The PuritanPRI’s The World, Muftah, EurasiaNet, Versopolis, and Time Out Istanbul. You can view her Contently portfolio, or just a selection of her writings here.

To contact Maria for freelance editorial or content work, write to her here or on Twitter.


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For the Ploughshares blog: “Vietnam and the Loss of Innocence” on the parallels between political trust in the United States today, literature, and the first “loss of innocence” Vietnam War through Robert Stone’s writings.

My essay, “Leaving Istanbul,” on love, loss, and leaving the City of Cities, published in the Fall 2017 issue of The Puritan, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.