Friday, June 13, 2014

2014 - midyear report

The 8th anniversary of the Armenian Poetry Project was a quiet celebration, just prior to the announcement of winners of the fourth annual Arthur Halvajian Memorial poetry writing competition. We are grateful to our competition's sponsor, the Armenian Students' Association and its board members, and, our poetry judges.

To date, APP has received over 517,000 unique hits and 29,500audio downloads since its debut in May 2006. In addition to our readers, there are over 177 Blogger, 350 RSS and 100 Twitter followers.

Readership, averaging 42% from Armenia, is from over 100 countries where the lonely and the curious reach out to poetry TM.

Heartfelt thanks:

To you, our Readers -- you make it all possible. Your constant encouragement motivates the authors, the translators and the teachers.

To Peter Balakian, James Baloian, Sarkis Vahaken, Jean Assadour, Alan Whitehorn, Arpine Konyalian Grenier, Diana Der-Hovanessian, Aram Ketenjian, Panos Jeranian and William Michaelian (HG!) who sent their books and notes.

To Aram Saroyan, Gregory Djanikian, Michael Casey, Sotère Torregian, Lorne Shirinian, Raffi Setian, Lory Bedikian of Poetry Matters, Nancy Kricorian, Esther Heboyan, Keith Garebian, Nora Nadjarian, Nancy Agabian of GARTAL, Jim Erkiletian, Michael Akillian, Mark Gavoor, Garo Armenian and other contemporary authors for their permission to post their poems.

To Dr. Levon Avdoyan, at Library of Congress, for his assistance in researching books,
To Prof. Theo M Van Lint for his scholarship and help in acquiring texts,
To Nvair Kadian Beylerian for the use of her grandfather Anoush Krikorian's library,
To Zachary Jean Chartkoff for his contribution of books to the ever expanding APP library,
To Artsvi Bakhchinyan and Vartan Matiossian for their scholarship and translations,
To Prof. Dora Sakayan for her translations of Paruyr Sevak and her enthusiasm,
To Prof. Valentina Calzonari for her translations published in the series Patrimoine littéraire J.-C. POLET (éd.),
To L.A.'s Zephyr Poets --Tina Demirdjian, Armine Iknadossian, Shahé Mankerian and Alene Terzian); Karen Karslyan, and Ara Shirinyan, for their support and partication in readings,
To Albert Kaprielian for his aid in getting documents on Canadian-Armenian poet Sha[u]nt Basmajian,
To Sako Arian for his contribution of books,
To Per Wik who introduced his grandfather Harout Kosdantyan and his work,
To Gagik Batikian for his love and sharing of Istanbul's contemporary Armenian poets,
To Elizabeth Grigorian for her assistance at the Glendale Public Library.
To Catherine Fletcher and the editorial staff at Rattapallax for devoting a special feature on post-Genocide Armenian Poetry. 

To the judges of the 1st-4th Arthur Halvajian Memorial poetry writing competition: Garen Kazanc, Christopher Janigian; Lisa Whitten, Silva Ajamian, Dr. Rachel Goshgarian, Father Mesrob Lakissian and Alice Movsesian.

To Louise Kiffer of France and Sylvie M. Miller of U.K. for their translations of poems into French, and Tatul Sonentz-Papazian for this translations into Armenian, French and English.

To the budding poets who send me emails and who participated in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd anniversary Poetry Blasts, and APP's poetry writing competition.

To the volunteer readers who contributed their voices to 19th - 21st century authors.

To the staff at Horizon Weekly's Literary Supplement (Montréal); the Aztag Daily's Literary and Arts Supplement (Beirut); the New York Public Library (Humanities Research); the Glendale Public Library; the Zohrab Center (New York); the Armenian Prelacy (New York); the AGBU's Bibliothèque Nubar (Paris); and, the Librairie Samuélian (Paris).

Lola Koundakjian
Curator and Producer of The Armenian Poetry Project

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