Güneli Gün lived with her family in towns all over Turkey, but she grew up mainly in Izmir as a boarding student at the private American School for Girls. She completed her liberal arts education at Hollins College, Virginia, followed by graduate degrees at Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Johns Hopkins University. Gün has taught at METU, Johns Hopkins University and Oberlin College. She is the author of two works of fiction, Book of Trances, and On the Road to Baghdad, the latter of which was translated into a dozen languages and put on stage in London at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre. She also translated Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book and The New Life, for which she was awarded a translation prize by the American Literary Translators Association. Gün has published criticism and short fiction in various publications.