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Violet Grigorian (Armenia)

Violet Grigorian, poet and essayist, was born in 1962 in Tehran before her family moved to Armenia in 1976. One of the founders and co-editors of the literary journal Bnagir, she is now the editor of the journal Inknagir.

The author of five books of poems, Grigorian has won the Writers' Union of Armenia Poetry Award for True, I'm Telling the Truth (1991), and the Golden Reed Prize in literature for The City (1998). Her poems have been anthologized in France, and in the English-language collections Anthology of the Armenian PEN Centre (Yerevan, 1999); From Ararat to Angeltown by Emily Artinian, (London, 2005); The Other Voice: Armenian Women's Poetry Through the Ages (2006); and Deviation: an Anthology of Contemporary Armenian Literature (2008). Her poems have also been translated into Slovak, Macedonia, Georgian and Ukrainian. in 2009 she was invited to participate in IWP (International Writing Program) in Iowa.