Alan Semerdjian


Alan Semerdjian

Writer/musician Alan Semerdjian is the author of In the Architecture of Bone, from GenPop Books. Semerdjian’s poems and essays have appeared in several print and online publications and anthologies including Chain, The Lyric Review, Adbusters, Arson, Ararat, and Diagram. He released a chapbook of poems called “An Improvised Device” (Lock n Load Press) in 2005.

Semerdjian has performed and read all over North America, and his songs have appeared in television and film and charted on CMJ. He currently teaches at Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, NY and resides in New York City’s East Village.

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See also:
* In the Architecture of Bone
* Readings & events

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Thanks to Christopher Atamian, Alan Semerdjian’s In the Architecture of Bone is reviewed at the Huffington Post. Atamian writes On the eve of the 100th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, I was happy to revisit Alan Semerdjian’s fascinating 2009 book of poetry In the Architecture of Bone… [an] at turns powerful, at turns endearing collection of […]

Via the always-stellar Prick of the Spindle, Erin McKnight reviews Alan Semerdjian’s In the Architecture of Bone. Well, she more than reviews it; in a small space she manages to fairly inhabit the book, and we could not be more grateful. Says McKnight: In search of “a dare of home,” Alan Semerdjian confronts the structure […]

Alan Semerdjian’s In the Architecture of Bone is reviewed in Long Island Pulse, thanks to reviewer George Wallace: For those of us who are prepared to “Go Deep” into the architecture of the individual human experience rather than skim its surfaces, there’s good news. As revealed by Armenian-American poet and musician Alan Semerdjian, there is […]

Alan Semerdjian’s In the Architecture of Bone is expertly reviewed by JoSelle Vanderhooft at Pedestal Magazine. Some excerpts: “The Armenian genocide is not taught in the U.S.’s public schools. . . . and not all nations even recognize that it happened. With the exception of Damad Ferit Pasha’s brief postwar government, no Turkish regime has […]

GenPop Books’ debut title, Alan Semerdjian’s In the Architecture of Bone, receives thoughtful attention from K.T. Mitchell at The Adirondack Review: If a culture could be recreated with words, Alan Semerdjian has built a veritable microcosm of the Armenian lifestyle in his most recent poetry collection, In The Architecture of Bone. . . . an […]

[Reprinted from the Armenian Observer ] An Impressive Debut:
 Alan Semerdjian’s In the Architecture of Bone 
By Arpi Sarafian I have lost my voice; Who will hear my song? –
Alan Semerdjian “I was born here, in a three-bedroom apart/ment overlooking Broadway. Everyone I/ knew to be family lived in that building,” writes Alan Semerdjian in […]

December 2nd was something of a GenPop Books & GPB Consortium homecoming–or potluck, or brewhaha, or something–at the Bowery Poetry Club. Alan Semerdjian debuted In the Architecture of Bone, his first collection of poems, just out from GenPop Books, and was joined for an evening of “Hyphenated-American poetry” with Harbor Mountain Press authors Elena Georgiou […]

GenPop Books genuflects to fab online poetry mag No Tell Motel, run by Molly Arden and Reb Livingston. GenPop author Alan Semerdjian’s In the Architecture of Bone appears on the No Tell blog’s “Best Poetry Books of 2009,” thanks to poet Anne Gorrick (Kyotologic), Arden and Livingston. Many thanks, you three, from all of us […]