Lola Koundakjian was born in 1962. She is an Armenian living in NYC since 1979.
The grandchild of four genocide survivors, she writes about her heritage, urban life and struggles of people worldwide.
She has served on the editorial board of ARARAT, an Armenian-American Literary Quarterly for twelve years.
She has freelanced for the Armenian Reporter, Armenian International Magazine andthe Armenian Weekly, all U.S. based newspapers.
Lola's poetry has appeared online on GROONG (University of Southern California), and in print in the Armenian Weekly (Boston, USA) and Pakin (Beirut, Lebanon). She has read her work on several stages in New York City and Los Angeles and frequently collaborates with GARTAL Armenian and the Greek-American reading series in New York City.
After her Master's degree from Columbia University, Lola has presented academic papers at the Middle East Studies Association, Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes and the Society for Armenian Studies conferences and has been published in conference proceedings in the U.S., Europe and Armenia.
For the past 20 years, she has organized evenings dedicated to the Dead Armenian Poets' Society and since 2006 has produced and edited text and audio for the multi-lingual Armenian Poetry Project.
Armenian Poetry Project: http://armenian-poetry.blogspot.com/
Interview in Azad-Hye: Armenian Poetry Project two years old