Susan Barba to Present New Collection of Poems. Thursday, May 11.

BarbaFairSunCoverPoet, translator and editor Susan Barba will present her first collection of poetry entitled Fair Sun at the Zohrab Center on Thursday, May 11 at 7pm in the Guild Hall of the Armenian Diocese.

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The wide-ranging works in the collection include a series of prose poems titled “Andranik.” In these poems, a child is speaking with her grandfather who relates, in answer to her questioning, the details of his survival during the Armenian Genocide: his escape, the murder of his father, the suicide of his sister, the death of his best friend, forced marches, enslavement – all punctuated by memories of an earlier boyhood spent chasing ducks, swimming in the river, sleeping on mats under the stars.

Benjamin Paloff, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan writes, “Few poets are, for me, so rich in gifts and so graceful in the giving.”

Susan Barba web-9101-media squareSusan Barba’s work has been published in Poetry, Boston Review, The Hudson Review, The Yale Review, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. She is a co-editor of I Want to Live: Poems of Shushanik Kurghinian (AIWA Press), and she has translated and published poems by Vahan Teryan and Siamanto. She received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University, and an M.F.A. from Boston University. She has taught in the Writing Program at Boston University and is currently a senior editor with New York Review Books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.

The book presentation and reading will take place at the Zohrab Center of the Armenian Diocese, 630 2nd Avenue, New York. It is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend and to enjoy a wine and cheese reception afterwards. Copies of Dr. Barba’s new book will be available for sale.

For further information contact the Zohrab Center at zohrabcenter@armeniandiocese.org or (212) 686-0710.

An Evening of Poetry, Music and Art with Kevork Kalayjian and Family

LoveLure2The Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, together with the Armenian Studies Program of the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern) will co-sponsor an evening of poetry, art and music on Thursday, June 20 at 7:00PM at the Diocesan Center at 630 Second Avenue, New York, NY.

Kevork Kalayjian will read works in English from his recent book, Love Lure: A Collection of Love Poems and Other Writings. His son, Aramazt Kalayjian, whose artwork adorns the book, will also speak. Aramazt’s wife, Ani Jilozian, will offer musical accompaniment on the piano. Mr. Kalayjian will also read some of his newest works in Armenian.

Mr. Kalayjian’s poetry has been said to have “a dream-like quality–existing in a world where beauty, humanity, and nature collide in a kaleidoscopic perspective.” The title Love Lure is a homonym for the Armenian Lav Loor, which means “good news.”

Raised in a family intensely committed to the Armenian Church, culture, and intellectual life, Mr. Kalayjian was born in Azez, Syria and graduated from the AGBU Melkonian Educational Institute (Cyprus) before earning higher degrees in Political Science and Economics. His highly acclaimed poetry has been published in Ararat Quarterly Magazine, The Armenian Weekly, and The Armenian Poetry Project. He is also the author of numerous published op-ed essays and letters of a more political nature, most in support of Genocide recognition and prevention. Some of these pieces are reprinted in his book.

All are invited to attend the  cultural evening, which is free of charge, and which will be followed by a reception. Mr. Kalayjian’s books will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds, at the author’s request, will support the work and ministries of the Diocese.

For further information contact the Diocese at (212) 686-0710 or zohrabcenter@armeniandiocese.org or via this contact form: