Freelance Writer at Cooklife Magazine
Researching and writing features befitting of the magazine’s slow-living theme including the organic farm and educational center Narköy and the Berlin-based food blog ISCHTA that explores its German and Turkish roots.
Freelance Writer at LOST iN
July 2019-January 2021
Author of the LOST iN Istanbul city guide-zine which included: writing a personal feature about Istanbul; selecting and writing about the best venues in three distinct neighborhoods; selecting five young creatives and then traveling to Istanbul to interview them; selecting a local author to feature a short story and translating this piece from Turkish to English; and proofreading the final version.
Freelance Writer at Noble & Style
June 2020-January 2021
Researched and wrote travel and culture articles.
Author at Luster Books
July 2018-September 2020
Independently selected and wrote about 500 of my favorite Istanbul locations in the areas of architecture, gastronomy, shopping, accommodation, culture and travel for my own Istanbul guidebook, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Istanbul. Wandered all around Istanbul for additional research, accompanied photographer on shoots and wrote updates for the second edition.
Freelance Writer at The Shopkeepers
March 2019-July 2020
Selected and interviewed independent Turkish shopkeepers from Istanbul and Berlin.
Freelance Writer at The Culture Trip
June 2016-May 2018
Researched and wrote more than 500 articles about Turkey (as well as Albania) in the areas of sightseeing, travel, gastronomy, nightlife, events, shopping and culture. Most notable are my articles for which I shot my own photos, including guides for Mardin, Çıralı, Afyonkarahisar, Kos, Tirana, Gjirokaster and hiking the Valbona Pass.
Freelance Writer at Brownbook
November 2015-January 2018
Wrote profiles of notable personalities from around Turkey including Recep Cesur, former tailor to Saddam Hussein; the late Olympic gold medalist weightlifter Naim Süleymanoğlu; Turkish psychedelic band BaBaZuLa; the king of Gaziantep baklava Ömer Güllü; the famous protest musician and songwriter Selda Bağcan; modernist furniture design pioneers Bediz and Azmi Koz; the people behind the Ankara State Opera and Ballet; Müjde Tönbekici, the founder of the slow-living boutique hotel Nişanyan; and Altuğ Çinici, architect of the Middle East Technical University campus, Turkey’s most renowned Brutalist structure.
Freelance Writer at A Book From Lind
April 2016-June 2016
Selected, researched, wrote and shot photos of 40 Istanbul venues in three neighborhoods for the foldout city guide Small Wonders of Istanbul.
Freelance Writer at World of Falconry
October 2015-January 2016
Scriptwriter for World of Falconry, a documentary series exploring the tradition of falconry around the world. Completed preliminary research of countries and their falconry traditions; joined production team on shoots and presented host with gathered information and necessary lines; wrote the documentary script and voiceovers.
Content Editor at Soho House Istanbul
January 2015-July 2015
Researched, wrote, commissioned and translated features for Soho House’s members-only website House Seven- Istanbul. Also acted as producer for Istanbul Made, (an Istanbul print guide for Soho House members), which included contacting interview subjects, setting up photo shoots and guiding the London team around the city.
Freelance Editor and Translator at Bone Magazine
June 2014-December 2014
Researched and wrote short online articles about books, art, and culture. Translated (Turkish to English) the magazine’s city guide apps.
Senior Editor and Writer at The Guide Istanbul
March 2012-May 2014
Managed editorial team; researched and wrote magazine features and front of book content; edited magazine listings and features and implemented edits on InDesign; wrote magazine advertorials; researched and wrote articles for the website (mainly restaurant reviews); attended press events; updated social media on a daily basis (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare); attended Google SEO training; kept up to date with the city’s openings and news through media as well as independent city exploration; translated the annual The Guide Bodrum issue from Turkish to English.
New York University- Steinhardt (New York, NY, USA)
Master of Arts in TESOL, 2010-2011
Syracuse University- Newhouse School of Public Communications (Syracuse, NY, USA)
Master of Arts in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism, 2008-2009
Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, IL, USA)
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Minor in Philosophy, 2004-2008