ASA to Sponsor Armenian Poetry Project

The Armenian Poetry Project (APP) recently announced a unique sponsorship by the Armenian Students’ Association of America, Inc. (ASA).

Founded in 1910, the ASA is the oldest continuing Armenian American youth organization.

Its purposes are educational and charitable, and it encourages educational pursuits by Armenian Americans and the raising of their intellectual standards.

The ASA will sponsor the APP’s Armenian Poetry Writing Competition, which fits into the goals of the ASA’s Artist Project.

Lola Koundakjian, who has been the driving force behind the competition, will serve as chairman of the APP. Koundakjian has lived in New York City since 1979. She holds an MA in

Armenian studies from Columbia University. For the past 20 years, she has organized evenings dedicated to the Dead Armenian Poets’ Society in her home and since 2006, has produced and edited text and audio for the multi-lingual Armenian Poetry Project.

Koundakjian has also served on the editorial board of the AGBU’s Ararat Quarterly for 12 years. She has freelanced for the Armenian Reporter, Armenian International Magazine (AIM), and the Armenian Weekly. Her poetry has appeared online in the Literary Groong (University of Southern California), and in print in the Armenian Weekly and Pakin (Beirut). She has read her work on several stages in New York and Los Angeles.

Rules for Poetry Completion Submission

All residents of the U.S. and Canada are invited to submit Armenian and English poems (Armenian preferred).
Entries must be emailed to [email protected], with the subject heading “ASA/APP Poetry Competition.” The deadline is Jan. 15, 2010. One submission is allowed per poet.
The three age categories are: teenage (14-17), college age (18-22), and 23 years and older. Prizes in each of the categories are $50, $100, and $250, to be awarded in February 2010. Each poem is to be accompanied by full name, age, school name, sponsoring teacher’s telephone number, home address, and telephone number. (For the adult category, the school information may be omitted.)

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