Participant Profile

Gochmyrat Gutlyyev


Gutlyyev collects and performs Turkmen stories as a folktale narrator, writer and blogger. Living in a multinational town that borders Afghanistan, he also investigates the ethnographical aspects of interactions between people of different cultural backgrounds. In his conversational style, he has begun to chronicle stories of Turkmen life and culture in literary form as short stories and essays, and more recently a blog. He hoped to expand his writing into a book-length work and wanted to participate in discussions, meetings, classes and other events with US folklorists, writers and bloggers.