I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Congratulations to Sun editorial intern, Anna Gazmarian, whose work will appear in an anthology of personal essays by voices from the Armenian diaspora. The anthology will be edited by Aram Mrjoian and published by the University of Texas Press. Other featured authors include Liana Aghajanian, Hrag Vartanian, and Aline Ohanesian. Anna’s piece is about her great-grandmother, who gave Anna an audio recording of an interview in which she describes surviving the Armenian Genocide. This tape inspired Anna to write about memory, history, erasure, and suffering. While dealing with depression in college, obsessing over the survival of people like her ancestors became Anna’s coping mechanism.
Anna recently graduated with an MFA from Bennington College. The featured image is from her last trip to Bennington, where she lectured about mental illness in memoir, participated in a reading, and then started dancing in celebration of finishing her degree. She’s currently working on her first essay collection. When she’s not reading submissions, Anna has been helping out with customer service. She’s enjoyed getting to know Sun readers but, most of all, she’s loved the opportunity to correspond with people who are incarcerated. Anna believes stories can change lives and she hopes that receiving the magazine inspires them to tell their stories while providing hope during a difficult time.