|Tamar Boyadjian was born in the "View of Mountains," but her life has been that of a wandering troubadour. She teaches medieval literature (and the literature of other people and cultures) as well as creative writing at Michigan State University. She is also involved with the Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan. From time she was very young, she believed herself to be a knight[ess]. Her world is habitually medieval, though she also visits other worlds from time to time. She believes that certain truths quiescently play in the interstices of life, which are oftentimes indistinct and remain that way. Tamar Boyadjian is her life's artist.
Tamar has been composing and publishing her poetry since she was very young. Her poetic and academic work has been included in a number of literary journals and creative anthologies around the world including the United States, Turkey, Armenia, parts of Europe and the Middle East.
Through its visual and experimental poetic form, her first book "it is what it is" tells the story of a troubadour grappling to find a means in language and sound to sing a canton of her childhood. In its struggles and "failures" to express and narrate, the book's inter-textuality and hybridity explore and challenge themes related to language, subjectivity and translation; as well as reflect upon how the threat imposed on a dying language, such as Western Armenian, can manifest itself linguistically and textually.
Tamar's next poetry book, "the vineyard of mirrors" should be released in 2016.