Photo by David Samuel.

Photo by David Samuel.

Zeynep Özakat was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey and earned her BA in "Narrating the Self and Character Building in Fiction" from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is currently earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University where she received the Shirley Jackson Prize in fiction. Her work appears in Glimmer Train Stories, where she won the Fiction Open Contest, in Black Warrior Review and in Gulf Coast Online. She now splits her time between New York City and Syracuse as she works on a collection of short stories and a novel. 

 
He hadn’t really traveled beyond the East Coast except for Los Angeles. And he kind of wanted to see where people carried guns, where the Mormons and the Amish existed.
— from "Moving from Istanbul" in Glimmer Train Stories
She told me things about my grandfather: that when he didn’t brush his teeth, they turned green with algae instead of yellow with plaque, and that if she’d let him, “He would grow scales the way most men grew beards.
— from "Fish Were Drowning" in Gulf Coast