Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient
We Are All Armenian ~ Voices from the Diaspora
University of Texas Press

We Are All Armenian ~ Voices from the Diaspora

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Edited by Aram Mrjoian

In the century since the Armenian Genocide, Armenian survivors and their descendants have written of a vast range of experiences using storytelling and activism, two important aspects of Armenian culture. Wrestling with questions of home and self, diasporan Armenian writers bear the burden of repeatedly telling their history, as it remains widely erased and obfuscated. Telling this history requires a tangled balance of contextualizing the past and reporting on the present, of respecting a culture even while feeling lost within it.

We Are All Armenian brings together established and emerging Armenian authors to reflect on the complications of Armenian ethnic identity today. These personal essays elevate diasporic voices that have been historically silenced inside and outside of their communities, including queer, multiracial, and multiethnic writers. The eighteen contributors to this contemporary anthology explore issues of displacement, assimilation, inheritance, and broader definitions of home. Through engaging creative nonfiction, many of them question what it is to be Armenian enough inside an often unacknowledged community.

Contributors include: Liana Aghajanian, Naira Kuzmich, Sophia Armen, Kohar Avakian, Nancy Kricorian, Olivia Katrandjian, Chris McCormick, Nancy Agabian, Chris Bohjalian, Aline Ohanesian, Raffi Joe Wartanian, Anna Gazmarian, J.P. Der Boghossian, Raffi Boudjikanian, Hrag Vartanian, Mashinka Firunts Hakopian, Carlene Rose Mekertichyan, and Scout Tufankjian.

University of Texas Press (2023)