SEVGİ ZÜBEYDE GÜRBÜZ / writing
FLIGHT OF AN ANGEL
MotherVerse: A Journal of Contemporary Motherhood, Issue 8, 2008

After my mom's passing in 2007, I wrote non-stop in a journal for 40 days. Later, I wrote this piece in her memory. She was my guardian angel, my best friend, my soul mate - so long as she is remembered, she will always be with me...

A HISTORY OF TURKS IN AMERICA
The Turks, Vol. 6, Part 78 (The Turkish World: Turkish Diaspora), Hasan Celal Güzel, C.Cem Oğuz, Osman Karatay (editors), Yeni Türkiye Publications, Ankara, 2002, pp. 759-767

In the summer of 2001, I came across an interesting call for papers: Yeni Turkiye Publishers were looking for papers covering the whole gamut of Turkish history, and one of the specific topics was Diaspora Turks, including Turkish in America. I thought to myself, who better could write about this than a Turkish-American? But, alas, I was an engineer - why should a history journal publish me? Still, never say no to yourself, right? I asked if they would accept a submission from a non-specialist. To my amazement, they said yes, after all, every submission was to be reviewed by a panel of experts, i.e. refereed. Hooray! I rolled up my sleeves and accepted the challenge. After several months of pouring over books encircling me in my living room, requesting dusty forgotten scans of manuscripts, and corresponding with relevent living authors, such as Brent Kennedy, who wrote a book on Melungeons, I was ready with my submission! One click, and I checked to see whether I was within the word count, only to find myself about 10 words over the limit. Indeed, the editor would later comment on how they laughed at the engineer who precisely submitted a manuscript exactly one word short of the limit! Ah yes, it seems that in social science numbers can be rounded :) In any case, several months later, I learned that amazingly my work had been accepted, how about that? You study engineering all your life, but then your first journal ends up in history!

KANTURALI'S QUEST
unpublished, 2006

The story of Seljen and Kanturali, a classic Turkish epic by Dede Korkut, re-told in my own quirky way...

THE MATCH THAT BURNED THE FOREST
Turkish Journal (www.turkishjournal.com), published in 4 parts, Nov-Dec 2006

A short story of two brothers and two peoples divided...
... motivated by the true story of Hakan Sogan, a 14 boy kidnapped in France by the PKK and forced into the terrorist training camps located in Northern Iraq (Milliyet, 31 May 2006).

Later, I re-wrote the version that was published in Turkish Journal: Blood Brothers, but this version was never published.

BIR KURSUN, IKI SEHIT [in Turkish]
BT Hayat Online Magazine (www.bthayat.net), Issue 9, March 2002

A short story I wrote in honor of soldiers and their families: one bullet, two martyrs ...

MY GRANDFATHER'S CANTEEN
Turkish Journal (www.turkishjournal.com), July 20, 2007

A true story about my grandfather during the Turkish Independence War ...

REDISCOVERING ATATURK
Turkish Journal (www.turkishjournal.com), July 5, 2007

A column I wrote about the founder of the modern Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

A DRIVE IN ANKARA
Turkish Journal (www.turkishjournal.com), March 17, 2009

An anecdote about indifference in society...