Armine Iknadossian

ARMINE IKNADOSSIAN fled Beirut, Lebanon for Pasadena, California with her family in 1978 to escape the civil war. She spent her childhood avoiding indoctrination from evangelical Christians and watching after her twin sisters, which is also the primary reason she has chosen to remain childless. After earning her BA from UCLA, she worked as assistant editor to syndicated columnists Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer and Moly Ivins. Armine’s teaching career took over for the next 20 years, during which time she served as a recitation coach for Poetry Out Loud’s National Recitation Contest. She later earned her MFA in Poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles during which time her mentor Richard Garcia nominated Armine for a writing fellowship at Summer Poetry in Idyllwild. The Los Angeles Writing Project at Cal State LA also awarded her writing fellowships where she also serves as a writing consultant. In 2015, Armine retired from teaching in order to support the literary arts and focus on her two manuscripts god(l)ess: The L Is Silent and Resident Alien. She is currently one of the bookstore managers at Beyond Baroque Bookstore aka The Scott Wannberg Poetry Lounge where you can purchase her newly released chapbook United States of Love & Other Poems. She looks forward to serving as a Writer in the Schools (WITS) for Red Hen Press this fall. Awards: “The Return” was a finalist in Backwards City Review’s annual contest. 10,000 copies of “March Eulogy” were printed by the City of Los Angeles and distributed by Max Racks thanks to The Writers at Work Postcard Project. “A New Year” appears in the 2011 Writers at Work calendar. Fellowship, Summer Poetry in Idyllwild 2007 Returning Fellowship, Summer Poetry in Idyllwild 2008 Publications: Alabama Literary Review Ararat Arbutus Cloudbank Common Ground Review Edge Inscape Lounge Lit: An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction by the Writers of Literati Cocktail and Rhapsodomancy Margie The Northridge Review Pearl Poetic Diversity Poets Against War Rhino Spout Weave Wisteria: A Collection of Work by New Poets in Los Angeles Writers at Work Zaum Freelance work: Modern Drummer Magazine TOM TOM Magazine The Armenian Reporter Media Cake