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Heval Okcuoglu

I’m a writer, editor and translator based in London. I’m currently working on my first book. In the meantime, I am translating another book soon to be released from Williams Collins while working as a Business Development Manager for Ra & Olly. I also work as Head of Content at News & Coffee. Previously, I worked as a Magazines Manager for Stack Magazines. My latest contributions can be found in ApertureFashion and Postcolonial Critique by Elke Gaugele and Monica Titton published by Sternberg Press and Podium by Collaborate or Die and PEOPLE.

Between November 2015-March 2019, I was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of 212, an international, biannual magazine based in Istanbul and distributed worldwide. As the first fully bilingual magazine of its kind in Turkey’s history, it aims to interrogate social, artistic and cultural phenomena from the region and around the world, through short fiction, long-form reportage, photo essays and interviews. I created, directed and executed the general vision of the publication while conducting high profile interviews with artists and directors such as David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola and Nelly Ben Hayoun. I have also written for freundevonfreundenBrownbook

Yuca Magazine and Istanbul Art News, among others.

In 2016, I was one of the jury members for Hyères, 31st International Festival Of Fashion and Photography’s photography competition, alongside William Klein and Jean Paul Goude. I have made keynote speeches at EDCH in Munich, Magasin Design Konferansen in Oslo and recently at UCA Epsom regarding independent publishing in Turkey, focusing on publishing on the periphery and the opportunities and obstacles of making a magazine in a compromised territory.

I have worked as a translator for PRO7SAT1 Digital GmbH and BURDA:IC GmbH, a subsidiary of Germany’s biggest global media company Hubert Burda Media between 2005-2012. Since then, I have worked on translation projects for leading arts and culture platforms, newspapers, magazines, art fairs and museums.

Other information:

I created and hosted the radio show The Patchwork on Dinamo FM, Istanbul’s most popular urban music station between 2009-2013 (find snippets here). I studied journalism at Istanbul Bilgi University.

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