Teni Arlen's Poetry Collection "To Tell with a Book Why I Am Here" Published by ARI Press

ARI Literature Foundation has published Teny Arlen’s collection of poems To Tell with a Book Why I Am Here. Being born and having lived in the US, Teny decided to write in “new native” language, Armenian, which she started to learn after her 20s.

Despite of the fact that Armenian diaspora is one of the oldest and largest in the USA, this book is the only piece of fiction written in Armenian language by a US born author during the last 120 years.  

The poems reflect Teny Arlen’s feelings and emotions, her willingness and strength to face the challenges of life and give answers to the existential questions. One can easily notice Teny’s fragile and tender soul in her poetry.

The editor of the book is Hakob Gullujian, who was also Teny’s lecturer at UCLA. The book was published after Teny’s tragic untimely death to keep her works alive and to prove to the Western Armenian generations born in the Diaspora that it is possible to write in native Armenian.

The book was published with the support of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

You can find the book in the bookstores, or order your copy by writing to us at [email protected]. For international orders please visit our partner online stores www.buyarmenian.orgwww.artbridge.am

Teny was born in California. When she entered UCLA, she didn’t know any Armenian. She took the course of western Armenian language and literature. Having exceptional poetic talent, she soon started to write in Armenian as well. This collection of poems was written after 15-20 months of her Armenian language studies. It comes to prove Teny’s exceptional diligence and determination. Language studies led her to the search for her Armenian identity. In 2013 she graduated from the university with honors receiving a master’s degree for Comparative literature. In 2015 she took the Michigan university doctoral program, but past away in an accident before starting the course. During the last months of her life she adopted a new name Soghovme, which was the symbol of her Armenian and poetic identity.