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SAS Webinar Series We are All Armenian: Voices from the Diaspora ~ Friday, May 18, 2024

Aram Mrjoian Carene Rose Mekertichyan International Armenian Literary Alliance NAASR Nancy Agabian Raffy Boudjikanian Society for Armenian Studies


Nancy Agabian is a writer, teacher, and literary organizer, working in the spaces between race, ethnicity, cultural identity, feminism, and queer identity. Her recent work of auto-fiction, The Fear of Large and Small Nations, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Raffy Boudjikanian is a Canadian-Armenian journalist and author. He has reported from a number of places around the world, including Nicaragua, France, and Canada. Raffy’s first book, Journey through Genocide: Stories of Survivors and the Dead (Dundurn Press, 2018) is a personal exploration of three modern crimes against humanity as the writer visits Darfuri refugees in Chad and survivors of the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda and reflects on his own ancestors’ fate in Kharpert, modern Turkey during the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Carene Rose Mekertichyan is an actress, writer, singer, educator, and proud Angelena. She received her training from Dartmouth College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). As a Black Armenian woman, she is drawn to storytelling that centers marginalized narratives and firmly believes that true art exists to create empathy and social change.

Aram Mrjoian is a writer, editor, critic, and educator. He earned a PhD in creative writing at Florida State University and an MFA at Northwestern University. Aram has also served as a creative writing mentor or instructor at the Adroit Journal, 826, Hugo House, StoryStudio, and Open Books Chicago. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Electric Literature, Barrelhouse, Gulf Coast, the Millions, the Rumpus, Boulevard, Longreads, and many other publications. He is currently a visiting assistant professor in English at Pacific Lutheran University.


SAS and NAASR are delighted to invite you to a webinar on We Are All Armenian: Voices from the Diaspora (2023), featuring Nancy Agabian, Raffy Boudjikanian, Carene Rose Mekertichyan, and Aram Mrjoian. The webinar will feature brief readings from the book's contributors and a roundtable discussion.


National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)

Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) 

International Armenian Literary Alliance (IALA) 

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