Peter Balakian

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Peter Balakian is one of the most masterful English-language poets Armenians have as a voice in the contemporary world. The Boston area had a rare opportunity on May 17 to hear him recite some of his newest works and[...]

By Florence Avakian NEW YORK — It was a memorial tribute to an Armenian individual who embodied the best in education, scholarship, compassion and philanthropy. “What a voyage I have been on,” he once wrote. On Wednesday, April 13,[...]

WATERTOWN — Armenians sometimes wonder if their voice is audible in the world, especially during times of crisis. In the realm of literature, and poetry in particular, there is no doubt that it is, with Pulitzer Prize winning poets like[...]

By Peter Balakian (reprinted from the Washington Post, April 23, 2021) In his Saturday statement commemorating the slaughter of the Armenian people on their indigenous lands by the Ottoman Empire, President Biden said the word[...]

By Peter Balakian I first met Robert Fisk at a bar at the Hilton in midtown Manhattan on an early spring day in 1997. He had gotten interested in the national petition drive I had started with Robert Jay Lifton. My friend Robert Lifton —[...]

HAMILTON, NY — Several months ago, Peter Balakian helped found a group called Writers Against Trump (WAT, writersagainsttrump.org), which includes a number of noted Armenian-American authors. The group has nearly two thousand members in[...]

BELMONT, Mass. — Prof. Peter Balakian and Aram Arkun, in their latest collaboration, the translation of a manuscript by Bishop Krikor Balakian, The Ruins of Ani: A Journey to Armenia’s Medieval Capital and Its Legacy, are using[...]

The Ruins of Ani: A journey to Armenia’s Medieval Capital and its Legacy By Krikor Balakian, Translated and edited by Peter Balakian with Aram Arkun By Mardean Isaac In June 1909, Krikor Balakian, a young Armenian priest, undertook a[...]

BELMONT, Mass. — The Tekeyan Cultural Association Boston Chapter and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) will  present a talk by Dr. Peter Balakian and Aram Arkun titled “The Ruins of Ani: From Sacred[...]

WASHINGTON — The United States Senate voted unanimously on December 12 to adopt Sen. Res. 150 on the Armenian Genocide after unrelenting efforts led by Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). The House of Representatives had[...]