imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Four Contemporary Armenian Women Writers in New York

by Correspondent Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 at 8:47 AM

An eclectic compilation of vocal pieces that reflect a contemplative look at life in the Armenian Diaspora.

Four Contemporary Ar...
lola_nora_lucine_aida.jpg, image/jpeg, 4608x3456

WOODSIDE, N.Y. - The Armenian Center in Woodside, N.Y. recently served as a venue for four female writers of the diaspora who presented their works at “Kuragan Koharner yev Kini” (Literary Gems and Wine), a program sponsored by the New York Chapter of the Hamazkayin Cultural Association.

Actress and storyteller Nora Armani, writer and political cartoonist Lucine Kasbarian, poet and artist Lola Koundakjian, and writer and editor Aida Zilelian-Silak shared writings that explored the complexities of the human condition. The collective result was an eclectic compilation of vocal pieces that reflected a moving, contemplative look at life in the Armenian diaspora.



Creator, director and actor in the play, "Sojourn at Ararat," Armani is performing in "Golden Boy," a pilot program for CBS Television. A long-time publicist for the book publishing industry, Kasbarian has written publications about Armenia and the Diaspora for young audiences. Creator and Director of the Armenian Poetry Project, Koundakjian also founded and runs the Dead Armenian Poets Society. New York writer and editor Zilelian is the founder and director of Boundless Tales, a reading series of poetry and prose in New York.

In her introduction, program organizer, rare book librarian and literary devotée Arevik Caprielian expressed her satisfaction in showcasing accomplished Armenian "creatives." "These writers need not be heralded beyond the Armenian milieu in order to be recognized as credits to the global Armenian nation," she said. "While Hamazkayin remains true to its mission of preserving and disseminating Armenian traditional literature and arts, it also moves forward with the times and inevitable changes in diaspora," she continued. "Therefore, it embraces contemporary authors writing in various languages, considering them contributors to the body of Armenian literature." Caprielian concluded by affirming, "A nation maintains its distinction through arts and literature."

Following are English-language excerpts from their readings of poetry and/or prose.

A poem, "Exile," by Nora Armani and published in the book, "Forgotten Genocides of the 20th Century" (Taderon Press), put to music by vocalist Yasar Kurt, and on the soundtrack of Armani's short film, "Moving Stories," screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival:

Once more an exile, an exile for all living memory.


Stuck to my genes, this state of mind,


like colour of hair, skin, mode and manner,


forms an integral part my being... other.


No civil wars, deportation, forceful displacements for me.

Handed down through generations, not racial though genetic,

This innate property is my dowry at birth.

I am a native exile.



An excerpt from "Elixir in Exile" by Lucine Kasbarian, about a quest to recover an ancestral folk remedy, published in r.kv.r.y. Literary Quarterly and Armenian periodicals:

“Ultimately, my aim was to refresh Hairig's supply [of our ancestral elixir], and from a source logistically close to Dikranagerd. Doing so seemed a meaningful thing a grateful child could do for a devoted parent in his twilight years.



My father had never seen the home of his ancestors and, yet, he carried the ham yev hod (flavors and fragrances) of Dikranagerd in his words, thoughts and deeds-from his modesty, humor and hospitality, to his dialect and storytelling ability, to his culinary and musical aptitudes. A humble gift would be to help him make that remarkable elixir that could, at least emotionally, bring his ancestors, their way of life, and our lost homeland back to him. And was it not worth it to rediscover a missing and precious part of our culinary heritage, and perhaps share it with the world?
”


A prose poem," Speaking of the Past," by Lola Koundakjian, translated from the Armenian, Kalov Antsyalin, and which appears in "The Accidental Observer," Koundakjian's book published through a grant received from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance:

I walk in the company of my memories

Step by step,

Street by street.


Green light, go!


Red light, stop!


Right, left, right, left.


Breathing deeply, and then tired.


The past is getting dimmer.


Who was I thinking about a few minutes ago?


The weather seems to help me remember.


Rain, it's raining, today.


Was it raining on that day?


Yes, there was an umbrella with you.


And I was wearing an anorak.

And my chin was wet - I remember.


Green light, go!


Red light, stop!


And I cross the street for the meeting.


The umbrella was large and protected us both,


And soon the rain stopped. There was a smile on your face.


Right, left.


Right, left.


Hand in hand.


You're with your umbrella and I am wearing my anorak.


A few more streets.


A little while yet.


Green light, go!


Red light, stop!




An excerpt from Aida Zilelian's "He's the One For Her," a short story about a young Armenian-American woman seeking a handsome, Armenian-speaking mate, and published in Ararat.


“The boys from the small town in Massachusetts where she had been raised were ultimately disappointing to her in a variety of ways. Some wanted more than she was willing to offer, and at the end of these dates (the last one was her father's co-worker's son Hovsep) she found herself in the passenger seat of a car clutching the collar of her shirt to keep it closed, or yanking down her skirt to keep it in place, eventually weakening her date's advances. Other young men, she realized, did not have any interest in attending Sunday Church mass, and spoke Armenian so poorly that she winced at their feeble attempts at conversing with her.



"It's not as if Armenian men grow on trees out there that you can just fly over and pick anyone you please," scoffed her older sister Anahid, who was unmarried and had no promise of even entertaining the notion of a boyfriend.”

In the future, the New York Chapter of Hamazkayin hopes to launch an ongoing reading series spotlighting contemporary Armenian writers. The organization's web address is: http://www.hamazkayin.com/


To learn more about these writers, visit at:

http://www.noraarmani.com,

http://www.lucinekasbarian.com,

http://www.lolakoundakjian.com and

http://www.aidazilelian.com.

Caption:
From left: Lola Koundakjian, Nora Armani, Lucine Kasbarian and Aida Zilelian-Silak.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments



Freenet/Sone comments box:

This is a comment system called babcom, which is a decentralized, anonymous, encrypted, troll-resistant, comment system that runs atop Freenet. These comments are not stored on this IMC server - they exist in the Freenet cloud, and you must be running Freenet and Sone to see the comments. Install Freenet and try it out.

Use Node:

⚙ Babcom is trying to load the comments ⚙

This textbox will disappear when the comments have been loaded.

If the box below shows an error-page, you need to install Freenet with the Sone-Plugin or set the node-path to your freenet node and click the Reload Comments button (or return).

If you see something like Invalid key: java.net.MalformedURLException: There is no @ in that URI! (Sone/search.html), you need to setup Sone and the Web of Trust

If you had Javascript enabled, you would see comments for this page instead of the Sone page of the sites author.

Note: To make a comment which isn’t a reply visible to others here, include the red link below somewhere in the comment text.

Add this link to the comment:

Local News

#BlackLivesMatter Massive Lawyer Die-In at Los Angeles Courthouse D16 10:11PM

Liberal Majority Passes Sheriff's Civilian Review Board D09 8:40PM

KPFK in fund drive, yet again , but in deeperin trouble D09 12:01PM

INDY lost lots of concerned poster D09 11:27AM

PROTESTERS SHUT DOWN SAN FRANCISCO—AGAIN D07 10:52PM

FREE Silver Lake Consensus, Collaboration & Conflict Resolution Workshop w/STARHAWK D02 8:06AM

Protesting Hewlett-Packard on Black Friday N30 10:48PM

Wayne Pharr, Elder Freeman, Passed On in 2014 N30 2:33AM

Some LA Ferguson Protest Links N27 12:35AM

Protests at fig and Washington N24 11:09PM

LA Protests Grand Jury Decision N24 9:40PM

Chris Dixon on Indymedia On Air N24 6:49PM

NEW INTERVENTION BY FILIPINO WRITER IN FILIPINO N24 6:29AM

REMEMBERING CARLOS BULOSAN N23 6:27AM

RE-VISITING CARLOS BULOSAN N22 1:08PM

Winter 2014 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! N20 11:12PM

#UCLADivest N19 1:46AM

Ferguson verdict Monday? N16 1:42PM

TV LEGEND BOB BARKER FUNDS ‘LION’S SHARE’ OF SUCCESSFUL MISSION TO SAVE CIRCUS ANIMALS IN N13 11:30AM

Veterans Against Foreclosures Marches in San Fernando Veterans Day Parade N11 2:46PM

Disappeared Documentary in L.A N11 2:23PM

Los Angeles Questions Oversized LAPD Response to Million Mask March N07 1:57AM

Ghosts of Wall Street Occupy Hollywood Blvd Halloween Night N06 12:48PM

The "Cleaning Up" of Venice N02 5:16PM

Activists Hold Prayer Vigil for Lexi Dillon and Jonah Rief in Orange County O31 2:32PM

New ID Verification Feature on this Site O21 1:06AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Israel's War on Press Freedom D21 6:21AM

US Attempted Color Revolution in Russia? D21 2:43AM

Subversion de la théorie D21 2:29AM

Organized labor unites in opposition to BDS D20 10:49PM

Free Internet Book: After Neolib eralism: The Kilburn Manifesto D20 12:38PM

America's Deadly Embrace D20 12:10PM

Israel Bombs Gaza D20 7:13AM

Targeting Russia Escalates D20 2:49AM

Fidel's Legacy D19 12:58PM

ADI awards Congressman Jim Moran the 2014 Animal Champion Award for his dedication to end D19 12:07PM

REBELLIONS IN NORTH AMERICA D19 10:05AM

US to Veto Palestinian Statehood Bid D19 8:25AM

Longstanding US Cuba Policy: Regime Change D19 4:01AM

(A-Radio) Art and Anarchism D19 1:56AM

Paraphysique de l'anaphore D19 12:25AM

Hands Across California D18 9:54PM

The Shortwave Report 12/19/14 Listen Globally! D18 5:00PM

Putin's Annual Marathon Press Conference Tour De Force D18 12:30PM

Torture in Israeli Prisons D18 9:05AM

Sarswati Help Us D18 7:06AM

Thaw in US/Cuban Relations? D18 3:13AM

EU Parliament Recognizes Palestinian Statehood D17 12:40PM

Review of E San Juan's AMBIL D17 10:53AM

Jeb Bush, Cocreator of 2 Disastrous US Wars, Executioner of 21 D17 10:03AM

Continuing Reports On Crimes By fbi,PI,DPS D17 9:36AM

Jeb Bush Exploring White House Bid D17 6:37AM

Kiev Anti-Russian False Flag Planned? D17 4:46AM

Plummeting Oil Prices D16 12:44PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy