- Armenian American literature
A diverse body of literature that incorporates American writers of Armenian ancestry.
Encompassing a cross section of literary genres and forms, Armenian American writers often incorporate some common themes (i.e. the Armenian Genocide) while maintaining very personal literary styles.
The New York-based
Ararat Quarterly, published since 1959, has been a major venue for Armenian American writing. "Ararat" is published in English by the AGBUand also includes works by Armenian writers around the world in translation.
First generation Armenian American writers include
William Saroyan, Levon Surmelian, A. I. Bezzerides, Michael Arlen, Peter Sourian, David Kherdian, Marjorie Housepian Dobkin, Leon Serabian Herald, Emmanuel Varandyan, Arlene Voski Avakian, Jack Kevorkian, Nishan Parlakian, Leo Hamalianand others.
Second generation Armenian American writers include
Peter Balakian, Nancy Kricorian, Mark Arax, Aris Janjigian, George Stamboulian, Carol Edgarian, Michael J. Arlen, Arthur Nersesian, Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Dahlia Elsayed, Nancy Agabian, Hrag Vartanian, Christopher Atamianand others.
* [http://hragvartanian.com/2007/07/23/the-birth-of-armenian-american-literature/ Interview with David Kherdian] , editor of the anthology of first generation Armenian American writers, "Forgotten Bread".
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