Rose Deniz

Location Izmit, Turkey
Occupation Artist and writer
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About Me

Artist and writer living outside of Istanbul, Turkey. I'm a freelance illustrator, short story writer, and have finished a first draft of a young adult novel. Design junkie fascinated by the textile arts and photography, and when I'm not reading or writing, I'm usually stitching, sewing, or photographing. I am the curator of Art is Dialogue and moderator of Dialogue2010, the expat+HAREM virtual roundtable on art, culture, and hybrid identity.

Why do you write?

Realizing there is an art to cultivating a creative life, I see a seamlessness between my work as an artist and writer and as a mother nesting abroad. My creativity is fueled by desire to start new projects, to see an idea executed, and the dialogues I have with people about art and writing.

I write when I get an idea that can't be painted, and vice versa.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Chimamanda Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, E. Annie Proulx, Tom Robbins, Francesca Lia Block, Elif Safak, Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Joan Didion, Marilynne Robinson, Orhan Pamuk, Dave Hickey, Marisha Pessl, Jeffrey Eugenides

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