Arpi Publishing aims to…

dramatically increase the number of Western-Armenian published books (and audiobooks) for children and young adults worldwide.

create classroom resources in Western Armenian to support current and future teachers and schools.

provide publishing-income and career-path opportunities for current and future Armenian authors, illustrators, editors, and translators.

Meet our Board

Arpi Krikorian

Chief Executive Officer
Artist, author, entrepreneur

Arpi is a proud Armenian artist living in California, who has dedicated her life to celebrating the joy, color, and beauty of the Armenian culture.

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Dr. Hagop Gulludjian

Holder of Kachigian Lectureship in Armenian Language and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Hagop Gulludjian is in charge of Western Armenian at UCLA within the Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies.

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Dr. Myrna Douzjian

Continuing Lecturer in Armenian language and literature, University of California, Berkeley

Myrna Douzjian holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Ishkhan Jinbashian

Author and literary translator

Ishkhan Jinbashian is the author of the novel Arkhiv Hasnumi and the short-story collection Tserki Khagh.

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Dr. Talar Chahinian

Lecturer, Program for Armenian Studies, University of California, Irvine

Talar Chahinian holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA.

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Norayr Daduryan

Director and lead teacher, Armenian Academy of Blair High School, Pasadena, California

Norayr Daduryan holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Bosphorus University, Istanbul.

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Peggy Jinbashian

Armenian language and history teacher, K-2nd grade

Peggy Jinbashian is an early-childhood educator.

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Ara Malikian

Treasurer

Ara is the Chief Financial Officer for Allied Public Adjuster, Inc.

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Our mission statement

Given the critical importance of having a modern, dynamic Western-Armenian literary tradition for the continued vibrancy of Armenian culture, especially in the Diaspora, our mission is to engage authors and book illustrators toward the creation of original Western-Armenian works for children and young adults.

UNESCO has classified Western Armenian as “definitely endangered.” Among the main factors affecting language vitality, according to UNESCO criteria, is the lack of abundant new literature being produced.

And while the UNESCO classification might be reason enough to mobilize for a solution, the objectives of Arpi Publishing go beyond mere linguistic preservation, embracing a vision of creative activity that would help ignite the imagination of young readers, promote literacy and learning in Western Armenian, and, ultimately, contribute to the vigor and exuberance of the language and the culture it represents.