Nazli Karabiyikoglu is an author from Turkey, now full-time resident in Georgia, who secluded herself from the political and gender oppression in Turkey. With an M.A. in Turkish Language and Literature from Bogazici University, Karabiyikoglu has five published books in Turkish; having won six literary awards in her country, she was nominated for Pushcart Prize in Fiction in 2019 and won The UnCollected Press/Raw Art Review Full Length Book of Short Stories with her book Subdermal Sky. She was invited to speak at Ubud Readers and Writers Festival on 2019 in Bali and at Pen America’s Women in Translation Month events. Her works appeared in Words Without Borders, Alchemy, Trafika Europe and other remarkable literary magazines internationally.
Karabiyikoglu was awarded with Writer at Residence program in Prague by UNESCO City of Literature 2020 and Writers-in-Exile Scholarship by PEN Germany for 2021-2023. She has been working on her debut novel Elfiye; essentially, the novel will be a politically grounded LGBTQ+ work of Turkish literature that attempts to portray gay relationships without the romanticization that previous works have so often delved into.