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Gamze S. Saymaz


First Language(s): Turkish
Second Language(s): English, French, German


Born in 1994, Gamze is an Istanbul-Berlin-Internet based multimedia poet producing screen poetry as performance and video-art. She graduated from Yeditepe University with a bachelor’s in English Literature and Psychology. She is currently working toward a master’s degree at Freie University, Berlin. She mainly plays with lingual intimacy, bonafide fear, and the vulnerability of the human experience by trapping e/motions in digital space and time.-instagram and youtube @of.seatides


What was your favorite book as a child?

The Thief of Always by Clive Barker. Gave me the existential spooks.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I loved words. I loved to play pretend, particularly with emotions. I loved navigating through a controlled kind of panic. I loved feeling like I was all there is. And even as a kid, I was pretty preoccupied with the fear of death, and I thought if I ever get it right, even just for once, the world wouldn’t have to end.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

The stage.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

Not really, no. I have a habit of reading out what I have on the page so far to actually move forward most of the time. Music can get messy.


Short Story
Issue Fall '19

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Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz