Krikor Der Hohannesian lives in Medford, MA. His poems have appeared in many literary journals including The South Carolina Review, Atlanta Review, Comstock Review, Peregrine and Connecticut Review. His first chapbook, “Ghosts and Whispers”, was published by Finishing Line Press (2010) and was nominated for the Pen New England and Mass Book Awards. A second chapbook, “Refuge in the Shadows”, has just been released (Cervena Barva Press). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for anyone wishing to order copies ($10 including shipping and postage).
"In Krikor Der Hohannesian's poetry, we hear things we might not be able to hear otherwise. "A man is down" signals the wind and rain coming in from the east, and the poet listens. In another poem a wife is keening, a child is crying, and the poet listens, listens with all his imagination and his heart. We hear colonial whispers emanating from the Granary Burial Ground. We hear the particular beauty of the names of the winds in many languages, and in another poem we hear the equally specific sadness of parents grieving a lost child. We hear final words, and words that should have been said, and we hear in several of these poems the long, agonized memory traces of the Armenian genocide. In all there is a deeply empathic imagination at work, and these poems give the poet and the reader alike a place of refuge, a place in the shadows in which to hold onto what is so profoundly dear and filled with meaning." -Fred Marchant, Author of The Looking House