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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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I am so proud of Emily Greenberg for winning third place in Glimmer Train‘s March/April Fiction Open! Working with her on “From the Eyes of Travelers,” her short story about Burhan Ozbilici’s World Press Photo of the Year shot of the assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, was a pleasure!


Two for the price of one: Dip into the story of an Ottoman dandy and the hard-working writer in my review of Felâtun Bey and Râkım Efendi and the characters, history, and folklore of Bulgaria, Northern Greece, and Western Turkey in my review of Kapka Kassabova’s prize-winning Border: A Journey into the Edge of Europe in Versopolis.