Maria Eliades is a Greek-American freelance writer, journalist, editor, and researcher in the New York metro area who lived in Istanbul, Turkey for six years. She was born in New York, raised in New Jersey, and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the US, Europe, the UK, and Turkey. She’s taught composition at Boğaziçi University, has worked on digital PR campaigns for companies like Turkish Airlines, and has also done a variety of freelance journalism.
Maria originally moved to Istanbul in 2009 to follow half her family roots (her father was born in Istanbul) and to research the lives of Greeks in Istanbul during the 1950s. In 2012, after having spent a year at the University of Oxford, she graduated with an MSt in Modern Greek and was a writer in residence at the International Writers’ and Translators’ Center in Rhodes, Greece. Her essay, “Roots Like Museum Pieces”, on exploring her family’s past in Anatolia, is forthcoming publication in Expat Sofra: A Gathering of Foreign Voices Around the Turkish Table in late 2017. Maria is a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.