New Selection of Poems By Vahan Tekeyan Published in Armenia


Edmond Azadian signs books.

YEREVAN — During his last visit to Armenia, Edmond Azadian, vice president of the Tekeyan Cultural Association, Inc., presented to the public at Tekeyan Center his compiled, edited and annotated book of selected poems by Vahan Tekeyan in Armenian.

Present at the event were Armenia’s Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosian, President of the Armenian Academy of Sciences Radik Mardisrosian, Dean of Yerevan State University Aram Simonian, Dean of Pedagogical Institute of Armenia Rouben Mirzakhanian and Azg daily editor Hagop Avedikian. Samvel Muratian pre- sented Vahan Tekeyan’s poems in the con- text of the period he lived, adding that the poems are as pointed now as they were a century ago, when they were written.

In his speech, Azadian said that the book is going to be published in English this fall, in Detroit, translated by Gerald Papasian and John Papazian.

During the presentation, Nora Azadian, the only person in the hall who had met Vahan Tekeyan in Egypt, recited two of his poems, the translated names of which are “The Armenian Soul” and “My Only One.”

Avedikian thanked the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Portugal and its Armenian Department Director Zaven Yegavian for funding the publication of the book.