Tatev Chakhian


an Armenian poet and visual artist, was born in Yerevan in 1992. She currently lives in Poland. In 2014, Tatev became one of the winners of the Dionizy Maliszewski Literary Competition organized in Ostrołęka, and in 2016, she was granted the prize of the Gazeta Obywatelska biweekly. She also won the Literary Award of the First Lady of Armenia, as well as Sahak Partev – a prize granted by the Catholic Church in Armenia. Tatev participated in Poeziefestival Berlin 2012 and the 2013 Literary Ark festival. In her works, the artist combines poetry with visual arts. Her paper collages were exhibited in Armenia and Brussels. Tatev cooperates with city activists, sculptors, film-makers, and musicians. She graduated from cultural anthropology at the State University in Yerevan; her academic interests include the semiotics of the city, “reading” the city as a text. Tatev is an editor of an internet magazine called iranliter.com, which focuses on the presentation of translations of contemporary Iranian poetry; she works as a teacher, editor, and translator. Her poems have been translated into English, German, Polish, Persian, and Russian, and were published in many anthologies and magazines. In 2016, she published her first book of poetry entitled Dowód (nie)osobisty ((Non)-Identity Card). The book has been nominated for the 2018 European Poet of Freedom – the 5th edition of the Literary Award of the City of Gdansk.

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