Sunday, July 29, 2007

Introducing Shmavon Azatyan

Born in 1976 in Yerevan, Armenia. Studies at Yerevan State University from 1993-1998, majoring in English Language and Foreign Literatures. Thereafter begins writing poems influenced by John Updike’s "ecstatic language".

The first poems are either strictly political -- drawing some criticism on the government and its activity in mid 90s -- or love poems.

After his studies, serves in the army starting in June 1998 and is stationed in Stepanakert, Kharabagh, until December 1999.

After the service begins writing fiction and is interested in Armenia's current affairs. Continues studies concentrating on Faulkner and Hemingway and decides to continue his education in the United States. In 2002, is admitted to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Receives his MA in English/Creative Writing in 2004, with a thesis entitled “Armenian Ways”, short stories about post-Soviet Armenian society.

In 2005, the Writer’s Union of Armenia publishes a novella from the thesis “Big My Secret” in English and Armenian. Publishes also poems in the International Library of Poets, and, the Southwestern Review from 2004 to 2006.

Shmazon is currently working on his dissertation and comprehensives at ULL and continues to write poems and fiction.

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