Esra Yalçınalp (born in 1982 in Istanbul) completed her B.A. degrees in History and International Relations at Tufts University, USA. After working as a documentary film producer in Boston for 2 years, she returned to Istanbul in 2007. She first worked as an arts and culture reporter and program editor at NTV television station; then as a magazine and book editor at NTV publications. She does freelance writing and AV production. Her special interests include contemporary music scene and street life of Istanbul as well as local Anatolian cultures and cuisine.