Anastasia Ashman is an award-winning writer/producer of cultural entertainment.
Her kaleidescopic productions capitalize on a countercultural upbringing in Berkeley, California, a degree in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr, thirteen years of expatriatism (Rome, Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul) and a decade in NYC and LA where she evaluated material for literary agents and producers of film, television, and Broadway theatre.
The two-time TEDGlobalist is founder of expat+HAREM, the global niche [http://www.expatharem.com/], a community site for identity adventurers. She’s also cocreator of Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey, the 2006 expatriate literature collection endorsed by NBC's Today Show, Lonely Planet, and International Herald Tribune.
In 2008 she produced the Near East’s 1st Global Nomad Salon in Istanbul where she’s lived with her Turkish husband since 2003.
The social media enthusiast was a top-ten Twitterer in Istanbul in 2009 and named among the top 20 best women for entrepreneurs to follow in 2010 by Forbes.com.
Her interactive projects in development include a forensic memoir of friendship, and an enhanced ebook about bridging her radical West Coast family and traditional Near East in-laws in a palatial Istanbul wedding. Also: the soap opera life of a Byzantine princess who spurred an emperor to create the architectural wonder of the world, and a graphic novel for iPad based on a screenplay she coauthored.
Anastasia’s writing has appeared worldwide in Asian Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, and National Geographic Traveler.