Abigail Rood Bowman is a freelance translator in Washington, D.C. She recently graduated with an M.A. in History from Sabancı University in Istanbul, Turkey. Originally from Johnston, Iowa, Abigail received a 2009 Boren Scholarship to study Turkish politics at Boğaziçi University for a year. In 2011, Abigail graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies and a certificate in Creative Writing for translation. Her senior thesis advised by Robert Finn, The Legs of Şahmeran: A Translation of Murathan Mungan, received the Ertegün Foundation Thesis Prize and the Francis LeMoyne Page Creative Writing Award. Following her undergraduate studies, Abigail received a 2011-12 Fulbright Scholarship to study and translate modern Turkish literature at Boğaziçi.
Selections from Murathan Mungan‘s “The Legs of Şahmeran,” published in Aeolian Visions/Versions (Milet Publishing, 2014)
Semra Topal’s “The Silence of Sevinç Duman,” published in Istanbul in Women’s Short Stories (Milet Publishing, 2012)
“A Thousand Fairy Tale Nights: Murathan Mungan and the Sultan of Snakes,” published in the Journal of Turkish Literature (2012)