Amy Spangler was born in Ohio (USA) in 1978. She first came to Turkey as a high school American Field Service exchange student in 1994. She returned to the U.S. to pursue her bachelor's degrees in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology and German Language and Literature at Bryn Mawr College, from which she graduated in 1999. Spangler returned to Turkey in 1999, where she worked as an English teacher and freelance translator before being hired by Çitlembik Publications in 2001 as the fledgling company's publications coordinator and rights manager. Spangler left Çitlembik in 2004 to establish her own copyright and literary agency, AnatoliaLit. In addition to her work as a literary and copyright agent, Spangler continues to work as a translator, translating for various periodicals and feminist NGO's in Turkey. She is also the translator of Asli Erdogan's novel, The City in Crimson Cloak (Soft Skull, 2007) and co-editor (with Mustafa Ziyalan) and translator of Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books, 2008).