Sema Kaygusuz was born in 1972 in Samsun, Turkey. Due to her father’s itinerant military career, she lived in various regions across Turkey, becoming closely acquainted with the folk tales, legends, and stories from the complex and diverse cultures in her country. In 1994, Kaygusuz moved to Istanbul, where she still resides. In 2009, a literary poll conducted by leading Turkish literary journal Notos placed Sema Kaygusuz at the top of the list of “the most influential writers in Turkish Literature.” She has published five collections of short stories, three novels, a collection of nonfiction essays, and a play, which have won a number of awards in Turkey and Europe and have been translated into English, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish. Her novel A Place Upon Your Face (Yüzünde Bir Yer) was translated by Nicholas Glastonbury and is forthcoming from Tilted Axis Press.