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.
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)