FEATURED PROJECT: expat+HAREM, the global niche My community site — inspired by the cultural embrace and spirit of self-exploration in Tales from the Expat Harem — speaks to intentional travelers, identity adventurers and global citizens.
Coming, going, never quite arriving. The psychic limbo of these globetrotting, multicultural, hybrid times is expat+HAREM’s sweet spot. Our neoculture. We’ll help you find your global niche: a psychic solution to your global identity crisis.
I’m a writer/producer of multimedia entertainment to further the worldwide cultural conversation. I like to illuminate personal dynamics, from one family to entire hemispheres, and pin-point truths about how identity is formed through culture, and lives in our thoughts and actions. I mostly focus on women, culture, travel and history.
My kaleidescopic productions capitalize on a countercultural upbringing in Berkeley, California, thirteen years of expatriatism (Rome, Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul) and a decade in mainstream/pop-culture American media and entertainment (NYC, LA). Plus, a liberal arts education and Bryn Mawr degree in classical archaeology!
I’m the founder of neoculture hub expat+HAREM, the global niche, and with Jennifer Gokmen cocreator of the expatriate literature collection Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey, a book endorsed by NBC TV’s Today Show, Lonely Planet and International Herald Tribune. Studied in seven North American universities, its literary ambassadorship is widely supported in Turkey.
In Istanbul, where I’ve lived with my Turkish husband since 2003, I am the producer of the Near East’s 1st Global Nomad Salon in association with Janera.com. The Economist calls this worldwide series of intellectual dinner parties “jetsetters with a conscience.” In 2009 I became a founding member of TEDGlobal.
My art, culture, society, travel writing has appeared worldwide in Asian Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, National Geographic Traveler and Cornucopia, the magazine for connoisseurs of Turkish culture.
Upcoming projects: A forensic memoir of friendship between two women writers spanning 25 years — this life and the afterlife. I’m developing an enhanced ebook based on my Expat Harem wedding tale “Like An Ottoman Princess” about bridging my radical West Coast family and traditional Near East in-laws at a palatial Istanbul wedding. Think: a grittier culture clash than Meet the Parents crossed with an ethnically realistic My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Podcast walking tours are also in development, to complement other story delivery methods for the soap opera life of a 6th century Byzantine princess who spurred an emperor to create an architectural wonder of the world. Illustrator wanted for a graphic novel for iPhone/iPad, based on a black comedy screenplay. With the story’s author Jennifer Lawler, I cowrote the script about starcrossed lovers who also happen to be mercenaries — and 17th century English scholars.
As I do on my Twitter feed (I’m a top-ten Twitterer in Istanbul), on this blog I share resources for women, writers, readers, global nomads and thoughtful travelers, cultural creatives and forward thinkers of all kinds.
I’m a social media enthusiast and cofounder of a group for creative entrepreneurs in social media, as well as a member of the neo-Internet marketing group Third Tribe. Changes in technology and the evolution of the publishing world make writers into producers, directors and engineers of content.
My notable quotes about Turkey, expatriatism, global nomadism, digital citizenry, cultural psychology, hybrid identity, and other issues close to my heart…
I look forward to engaging with you in the worldwide conversation here — or elsewhere on the web (here’s my interactive business card.)
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