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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 Times Literary SupplementThe 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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Jhumpa Lahiri’s work in Italian is reminiscent of liturgy books with Koine Greek on the left side and English on the other. That she includes the “little brother,” a moniker she’s given Italian, in her 2015 book—and on the left side—is a reversal of the norm. My latest for the Ploughshares Blog.

What happens after losing love and the place you called home? Grief, repatriation, and unexpected beginnings. Find out how the journey continues in my follow up essay to “Leaving Istanbul,” “There’s No Place Like Home?“, now in The Puritan‘s Winter 2019 issue.

Istanbul Is a Moveable Feast,” an essay on unlearning nationalism and the particular crossroads of Istanbul in the early 2010s, was published in The Journal of Levantine Studies.

Check out my latest review for The Times Literary Supplement on John Freely’s posthumous memoir, Stamboul Ghosts.