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Here at h-pem, we thrive on original content that sends ripples of contagious enthusiasm.
We welcome writers who are experts in their fields, but you don’t have to be a professional writer, a cultural expert, or an art critic to contribute. If you enjoy writing and can breathe life into your stories, we want to hear from you. All you have to do is pitch your proposal.
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Documentary Film Director; Storyteller
Sarine is a social-minded storyteller, writer, documentary film director, visual anthropologist, traveler, photographer, lover of life, and Reiki practitioner, who believes in the power of stories to challenge mentalities, move to take action, bridge gaps, heal, and inspire. Her work explores who we are in this world and how we connect with one another and the natural environment. She is the co-founder of PATMI, a cultural NGO which promotes community development and cultural heritage in rural Armenia through art, storytelling, and education. Sarine is fluent in English, French, and Armenian, as well as proficient in Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch. She has studied Development Studies at Cambridge, Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology at Kent and Filmmaking at Raindance.
Neuroscience and Creative writing student; Certified firefighter and EMT
Ani Arzoumanianis a neuroscience and creative writing student at Colgate University, where she serves as the founder and president of the Armenian Students’ Association and a reporter for the school’s newspaper. She is also a certified firefighter and EMT, and volunteers for the Hamilton Fire Department while at school. During a mission trip to Armenia, hosted by Armenian-American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO), she served as a translator and medical assistant. After medical school, she plans to take her skills back to Armenia, where she has spent every summer of her life, to help her people. Ani frequently writes about her experiences as an Armenian and a first responder and hopes to write as a hobby for the rest of her life.
Comedy writer; Magician
Missak Artinian (AKA Magic Missak, AKA the Armenian Channing Tatum) is a Los Angeles-based comedy writer and magician.
Freelance writer; Activist
Araxie Cass is a creative writing student at the University of Chicago. With her photographer mother, Anahit, she co-founded Rebirth Armenia, an organization that shares stories of survival and resistance in Artsakh and the border region of Tavush, where locals live under daily threat of military force from neighboring Azerbaijan. Her e-book, Defenders: Stories from Armenia’s Border Villages, is a collection of short stories from some of these locals. Araxie is a contributor for the Armenian feminist blog, Kooyrigs, and her work has appeared in Pilgrimage Magazine (2018), We Told This Story from the Margins (2015), A Record in Space (2016), and I Just Like the Way it Sounds (2017) 826CHI publications. In addition, she has been published in Potluck Magazine, McSweeney’s and The Chicago Reader.
Kristine Anahit Cass
Kristine Anahit Cass is a photographer based in Chicago. Her work is animated by her concern for social and human rights issues. Through photography, she explores issues both personal and communal. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Cass trained as a lawyer, which informs her commitment to social justice. With a background in art history and design, Cass believes in art as a medium for change. Her project in Armenia, Borderlands Under Fire, was a 2018 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize finalist.
Comedian; Poet; Teacher; Translator
Hratch Demiurge is a comedian, poet, teacher and translator of Daniel Varoujan's Pagan Songs. He is currently in the process of translating the satirical biographies of the "Armenian Molière"—Hagop Baronian—a timely work on the incompetence/corruption of Armenian bigwigs in the latter half of the 19th century. Hratch lives and works in Los Angeles and insists what makes him so smart is that he is too stupid to understand nonsense.
Graduate student; Freelance writer
Dalita Khoury holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Boston University and will continue her studies this fall at Drexel University in Philadelphia for a Master of Science in Arts Administration. A self-proclaimed writer and film enthusiast, Dalita is seeking opportunities that enable her to engage with ideas critically and thoughtfully.
Undergraduate Writing Program Instructor
Theresa Lin is an MFA candidate and an Undergraduate Writing Program Instructor at Columbia University. She is working on a novel about a woman living within the constraints of Kuomintang occupation in Taiwan during the 1950s. She spent the summer teaching creative writing at TUMO in Yerevan and dreamed frequently of the snow caps on Mount Aragats, apricots, and walnut sujuk.
Writer/musician/educator Alan Semerdjian is the author of In the Architecture of Bone (GenPop Books). Semerdjian’s poems and essays have appeared in several print and online publications and anthologies, including The Brooklyn Rail, Adbusters, Frontier Poetry, and Diagram. He released a chapbook of poems called An Improvised Device (Lock n Load Press) in 2005, and his most recent work is a collaboration of poems and sound with guitarist/composer Aram Bajakian called The Serpent and The Crane, which can be found online at amerge.bandcamp.com.
Semerdjian has performed and read all over North America, and his songs have appeared in television and film and charted on CMJ. He is also an award-winning educator and currently teaches at Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, N.Y.