“Poets in Conversation” at NAASR with Susan Barba and Shahe Mankerian


BELMONT, Mass. The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) will host a literary evening titled “Poets in Conversation” with authors Susan Barba and Shahé Mankerian on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., at Batmasian Hall on the third floor of NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA. The program will be moderated by Dr. Lisa Gulesserian of Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages ​​and Civilizations (NELC).

This will be an in-person event and also presented live online via Zoom and Youtube. For those attending in person, the NAASR recommends wearing masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Susan Barba is the author of geode (2020), which was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards and the New England Book Awards, and Beautiful sun (2017), which received the Anahid Literary Prize from Columbia University. His poems have appeared in The New York Times magazine, The New Republic, The New York Book Review, Poetry, Raritan, and elsewhere. His poetry has been translated into German, Armenian, Romanian and Swedish. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and received fellowships from MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She works as an editor for New York Review Books. She currently serves on the NAASR Board of Directors.

Shahé Mankerian is Principal of St. Gregory Hovsepian School and Director of Mentoring at the International Armenian Literary Alliance (IALA). His first collection of poems History of Oblivion (2021) was a finalist in 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.


Founded in 1955, NAASR is one of the world’s leading resources for advancing Armenian studies, supporting scholars, and building a global community to preserve and enrich Armenian culture, history, and identity for future generations.


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