The Poetry Porch: Poets
In Memoriam: Diana Der-Hovanessian
Diana Der-Hovanessian at Longfellow House
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2007
photo by JW
Diana Der-Hovanessian (1922-2018), New England born poet, was twice a Fulbright professor of American Poetry
and is the author of more than 23 books of poetry and translations. She received awards from the National
Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, the Armenian Ministry of Culture, and others. Her poems
appeared in Agni, American Poetry Review, The Nation, etc., and in many anthologies. During the 1980s, two of her plays,
(The Secret of Survival
and Growing Up Armenian), traveled to many college campuses telling the Armenian story with poetry and music. After 1989,
The Secret of Survival with Michael Kermoyan and later with Vahan Khanzadian was performed for earthquake relief benefits.
She worked as a visiting poet
and guest lecturer on American poetry, Armenian poetry in translation, and the literature of human
rights at various universities here and abroad. She served as president of the New England Poetry Club from 1977 to 2016.
For more information, see Diana Der-Hovanessian pages online.
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Diana and Joyce at Longfellow House, 2007