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Zeynep Özakat was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She earned her BA in "Narrating the Self and Character Building in Fiction" from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and is currently earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. Her work appears in Glimmer Train Stories, where she won the Fiction Open Contest, in Black Warrior Review and in Gulf Coast Online Exclusives. She now lives in Syracuse, NY where she is working on a collection of short stories and a novel. 

Photo by David Samuel.

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