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Maria Eliades is a Greek-American freelance writer, journalist, editor, and researcher who now lives in New York and lived in Istanbul, Turkey for six years. She was born in the US and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the US, Europe, the UK, and Turkey. Her professional experiences include teaching at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey; working on digital PR campaigns for companies like Turkish Airlines; and writing and developing articles, reviews, interviews, and essays for a variety of media outlets. She currently works as the director of development and communications for an immigrant-serving non-profit.

Maria originally moved to Istanbul in 2009 to follow half her family roots and to research the lives of Greeks in Istanbul during the 1950s. In 2012, she graduated with an MSt in Modern Greek from the University of Oxford and was a writer in residence at the International Writers’ and Translators’ Center in Rhodes, Greece. Maria is a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

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