Author • Turkish literature
She was born in Istanbul in 1978. She studied social anthropology. She worked as a reporter for TVs and magazines. Being one of the co-founders, she worked as the chief editor of “Roman Kahramanları” (Protagonists) magazine. While working as the chief editor of Remzi Book Newspaper she wrote articles in her column titled “Devrik Cümle” (Inverted Sentence). After her research book Bayram Çocukları (2004) and Doğruyu Aradım Güzeli Sevdim (2009) covering her interviews with the famous Turkish film director Halit Refiğ, she received Yunus Nadi Fiction Award in 2012 with her first novel Eşik (Threshold, 2011). Her stories on ON8 blog turned into a novel titled Broken Clock (Bozuk Saat, 2019). With its extraordinary and elegant narration style, the book told us the stories of people passing through life from the eyes of a broken tower clock. In 2020 Zileli received Duygu Asena Novel Award with her novel Son Bakış (2019). She lives in İstanbul with her daughter.