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 at 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. Find her online at her website.