Header photo: Gyumri, Armenia. Autumn, 2016
Passages Home is devoted to the notion that the paths of our travels across physical, literary, expressive and human landscapes are of much greater consequence than our illusive and ever-changing destinations.
If so, you may ask, then what about home? Something fixed–attached to a particular terrain, a native language, an enduring friendship, habits of heart and mind? Or something one carries in a voyager’s sack, vulnerable to the morning wind, the foreign language, the lost loves, the sense of the earth trembling under one’s feet?
Perhaps none of these, or all of them. A friend writes: “Home is where you are.” Or where you find yourself.
Winding roads, fair winds.
~About Taline Voskeritchian~ (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Born in Jerusalem, educated in Lebanon, Jordan, and the US (University of Iowa), I teach writing at Boston University’s College of Communication, and the American Short Story for BU’s Evergreen Program. I have also taught at BU’s College of Arts and Sciences and College of General Studies, as well as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and the American University of Armenia (Yerevan). For many years, I also taught literature and writing to high- and middle-school students in Boston, Los Angeles, and Beirut. In April 2011, and as part of the international delegation of writers to Palestine Festival of Literature, I conducted writing/translation workshops in Palestinian universities. For fall semesters, 2016 and 2017, I was/am on leave from Boston University to teach writing at the American University of Armenian, Yerevan.
In October, 2016, the film “Vahe Oshagan:Between Acts” (for which I translated the entire film into English, including Oshagan’s poetry) was screened in Yerevan, at the American University of Armenia, and at Mirzoyan Library. I was co-producer of the film. This subtitled, upgraded version of the film was made possible through a grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation.
My prose and translations (from Arabic and Armenian) have appeared in American Literary Review, Ahégan (Beirut), London Review of Books, The Nation, Agni Review, Book Forum, Words Without Borders, The Daily Star/International Herald Tribune (Beirut), Journal of Palestine Studies, MERIP/Milddle East Report, Alik (Tehran), Warwick Review (UK), artsMedia (Boston), The Transnational Review (Berlin), Solstice (on-line), the radio program “On Being,” the on-line journals Jadaliyya, HowlRound, The Common, and Bangalore Review, among others.
I would like to believe that I divide my time between Boston (where I live with my cat, Splendid) and other places–imagined, and actual.