Articles by Knarik Meneshian

About Knarik Meneshian (28 Articles)
Knarik O. Meneshian was born in Austria. Her father was Armenian and her mother was Austrian. She received her degree in literature and secondary education in Chicago, Ill. In 1988, she served on the Selection Committee of the McDougal, Littell “Young Writers” Collection—Grades 1–8, an anthology of exemplary writing by students across the country.” In 1991, Knarik taught English in the earthquake devastated village of Jrashen (Spitak Region), Armenia. In 2002–2003, she and her late husband (Murad A. Meneshian), lived and worked as volunteers in Armenia for a year teaching English and computer courses in Gyumri and Tsaghgadzor. Meneshian’s works have been published in "Teachers As Writers, American Poetry Anthology" and other American publications, as well as Armenian publications in the U.S. and Armenia. She has authored a book of poems titled Reflections, and translated from Armenian to English Reverend D. Antreassian’s book titled "The Banishment of Zeitoun" and "Suedia’s Revolt" She began writing at the age of twelve and has contributed pieces to The Armenian Weekly since her early teens.

Murad’s Story

“When you suddenly grow sad, Think of the songs and the people you love; Think of pleasantries, joyous events, And think of the friends you love. Remember that the good have always been numerous, And life has been protected through them… When you suddenly grow sad…But why should you, When [more...]

April 19, 2017 // 4 Comments

Poem: Snow Covered Roses

    (Photo: Ravi Pinisetti) The last of the roses Peek from blankets of snow That have transformed The faded Autumn scenery Into a landscape of shimmering white.   The roses—red, pink, peach, and yellow— Were planted by my Love, Now mementos of his joyful labor, And all the years [more...]

January 3, 2017 // 8 Comments

Meneshian: Armenia Today

Text and Photos By Knarik O. Meneshian August 2016 After 13 years, my husband and I finally returned to Armenia at the end of April 2016 for a two-month visit – this time not as volunteer teachers, but as tourists. Our first impression of the capital was that of amazement and delight. Zvartnots [more...]

September 27, 2016 // 9 Comments

A Glimpse into the Life of the Armenian DPs in Europe

From the Armenian Weekly 2016 Magazine Dedicated to the 101st Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide This story—of Armenian Displaced Persons (DP) in Europe during and after World War II—began to take shape with an old photo I have of three men pictured in the Armenian section at the [more...]

June 17, 2016 // 14 Comments

A Note from Yerevan on May 28

Special for the Armenian Weekly It is May 28. It is a day of great significance for the Armenian Nation. In Yerevan, television homage is being paid, through films, songs, dances, discussions, and interviews, to the dedicated men and women who saved this nation from extinction. One cannot help but [more...]

May 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

The New Clergyman

‘From the warm ashes of our ancient heroes May there arise heirs worthy of them, To give a new life to our people.’ —Beshiktashelian On Oct. 9, 2015, the Very Reverend Father Ghevont Pentezian arrived in Chicago and immediately began his duties as the new clergyman of the All Saints Armenian [more...]

May 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

From Destruction to Resurrection

Groong (Crane)! Groong, what word do you have of home? Le Le Yaman (Alas)! Le Le Yaman, our home, your home! Oh, Groong, send word! Send word! Our homes are no more, our fields destroyed, our artwork and tombstones shattered, our books and churches burned. Our rivers flow red, and the now-barren [more...]

December 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Book ‘There Was and There Was Not’

Cover of Toumani’s There Was and There Was Not I did not buy Meline Toumani’s book, There Was and There Was Not; instead, I checked it out of the public library and read it. The author states early on in her book that she wants to make a name for herself. She describes the Armenian [more...]

November 17, 2015 // 8 Comments

The Voices of ‘Zulal’

Zulal trio When the a cappella trio “Zulal” (meaning clear water in Armenian) first performed in the Chicagoland area in the fall of 2004 at Sts. Joachim and Anne Armenian Apostolic Church in Palos Heights, I was captivated by the artistry with which the singers Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian, [more...]

October 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

Chicago Commemorates May 28th

The 97th anniversary of the First Armenian Republic and the victories of May 28, 1918, were commemorated at the Armenian All Saints Apostolic Church and Community Center in Glenview, Ill., on May 31, 2015. During morning church service, the blessing of the Armenian flag ceremony took place with [more...]

August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

1 2 3