Özgecan Kesici (she/her) was born in Munich to Kazakh-Turkish parents. After spending a substantial part of her adult life in Dublin, she now lives in Berlin.
She is currently completing edits on her debut novel: Silver is Lighter, an historical female epic for which she was awarded a 2022 Berlin Senate Literature Work Stipend.
Özgecan was awarded a 2021 Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary to complete work on her debut poetry collection, Punishment for Not Staying Put (forthcoming).
Poetry credits include: Banshee, Local Wonders (Dedalus Press), Poetry Ireland Review.
She speaks Kazakh, Turkish, English, German, French, and Russian, has taken the Summer School for Literary Translation in Poetry, University of East Anglia, and works as a literary translator.
Her translation of Rakhymzhan Otarbayev's Kazakh short stories, Der Verräter - Сатқын, is forthcoming with Dağyeli Verlag, 2023.
Özgecan Kesici holds a PhD in Sociology from University College Dublin on the Kazakh Alash Movement, 2017.
Open to queries from agents via ozgecan.kesici (at) gmail (dot) com.