SATURDAY ~ APRIL 14TH
(NELA ART WALK)
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Join POP-HOP during this Saturday's NELA Art Walk for a NIGHT OF ARMENIAN WRITERS: Poets; Writers; Readings!
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MASHINKA FIRUNTS HAKOPIAN
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Mashinka Firunts Hakopian is an artist, writer, and PhD Candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She's a member of the academic performance group Research Service, whose work has been featured at the Palais de Tokyo, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and the Drawing Center. Her writing and reviews have appeared in Art in America, Performance Research Journal, Cinema Journal, Shifter, and elsewhere.
Alina Gregorian is a poet and artist, and author of the chapbooks Flags for Adjectives (Diez) and Navigational Clouds (Monk Books). Some poems can be found in Boston Review, Prelude, BOMB Magazine, among others. Alina lives in Brooklyn, NY and can be found here alinagregorian.com.
Beirut-born, Southern California-raised Armine Iknadossian is the author of the chapbook United States of Love & Other Poems (2016). Armine’s first full-length poetry collection, The Hallow Women, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag (Spring 2019). Armine’s poetry has most recently been published in Lullaby of Teeth: An Anthology of Southern California Poetry, Margie, Pearl, Rhino, Split This Rock, Alabama Literary Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Angels Flight Literary West and Entropy. Her essays and music reviews appear in Modern Drummer, TOM TOM Magazine, BRMC Official and Rekwired magazine. Armine has an MFA in Poetry from Antioch and has worked as a teacher, as assistant editor to Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer and Molly Ivins, and most recently as bookstore manager of Beyond Baroque, a beloved, Los Angeles literary institution. From 2013-2015 Armine served as Writing Consultant for The Los Angeles Writing Project through CSULA. In the Spring of 2017, she was chosen as a Writer in the Schools for Red Hen Press. Armine is honored to be the new associate poetry editor of Angels Flight Literary West. Find out more at armineiknadossian.com.
Shahé Mankerian is the principal of St. Gregory Hovsepian School in Pasadena and the co-director of the Los Angeles Writing Project. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Music Center's BRAVO Award, which recognizes teachers for innovation in arts education. His manuscript, History of Forgetfulness, has been a finalist at the Bibby First Book Competition, the Crab Orchard Poetry Open Competition, the Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Award, and the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. In 2017, three literary journals, Border Crossing, Cahoodaloodaling, and Lunch Ticket nominated Mankerian’s poems for the Pushcart Prize. Antioch University’s literary publication, Lunch Ticket, nominated Mankerian’s poem “Inner City with Father” for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. Recently, Shahé received the 2017 Editors’ Prize from MARY: A Journal of New Writing.
Lory Bedikian’s The Book of Lamenting was awarded the 2010 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon, where she was awarded the Dan Kimble First Year Teaching Award for Poetry. Her work has been selected several times as a finalist in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition and in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Competition and has received grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial fund and AFFMA. Poets & Writers chose her work as a finalist for the 2010 California Writers Exchange Award. Her work was included in the anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, Beyond Baroque Books, 2015 and chosen as a finalist in the 2015 AROHO Orlando Competition. Her newer work has been published in Miramar and she has poems forthcoming in Tin House.