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MY LITERARY PROFILE, A MEMOIR by Helene Pilibosian, Ohan Press, 171 Maplewood St, Watertown, MA, 02472-1324, 311 pages, ISBN 9781929966080,  2010, Photos, Bibliography, Index, $15 (add $4…Continue

Tags: poetry, writing, travel, literature, immigration

Started Mar 26, 2012

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Something About Me and My Book:
My Literary Profile: A Memoir concerns growing up as an Armenian-American, studying literature, recovering from depression, travel abroad and finding inspiration for writing. I was an editor of The Armenian Mirror-Spectator and now own Ohan Press. I have published poems in such magazines as North American Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, Poetry Salzburg and have won prizes for poems and honors from Writers Digest. My early poetry has been cited in Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature.
I have recently won first prize in the Lucidity Clarity Contest, and my memoir has been awarded honorable mention from the New England Book Festival.

For those who have fallen under the spell of Helene Pilibosian's edgy, probing, honest poetry this book will 1) come as no surprise, and 2) will come as a very big surprise - that a poet so fine as this lady can write history, particularly an autobiographical book, as cogent as MY LITERARY PROFILE: A MEMOIR. To try to cover the events related in this book would take a review far too long to hold the attention of the reader: a review should only inform the reader of the nature of a book. But in Helene Pilibosian's case we are talking about almost a lifetime of experiences that molded the poet she became ('almost', because she is still very much with us!), and skipping over lightly any portion of this conversation with the writer would seem negligent.

Suffice it to say that it is Pilibosian's style to avoid clangorous prose, but instead to soften her written memoirs with a front porch swing conversational style that makes her heroic life and background and history and the events of her survival all the more radiant. We are invited to know her family - not just her parents but the cast of Armenians who have struggled in the old country for many years, including the near decimation of a people in the horrors of the early part of the last century. She discusses this, but while commenting on a past history that held such gore she embroiders her history with ethnic traditions, songs and secrets and rituals that cast a broad flavor of the plight of the immigrant known to every citizen of this immigrant collection of forefathers. She dwells on her childhood in Massachusetts and again without beating her chest in agony she lets us understand her position as a minority in the years before the word Tolerance was spoken. She follows her heart (and at one point suffers a cardiac arrest) and is able to glean from every experience she encounters a strength to be true to herself. She achieves a Harvard education, she enters the mystical spaces of Jungian thought, and blends ALL of this to become the writer of note she has become.

Grady Harp,

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Poem from A New Orchid Myth by Helene Pilibosian


She insisted on the value                            

of his bringing the lamp

made of the bright lights

emanating from burning the oil

fit for the literary campaign.

The lascivious and the lame

had sputtered their claim to luck,

surrendered it in fact

to a fiction of empathy

grounded on a story of pluck.


He brought the lamp

and lit her subsequence

with the banter…


Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:00am

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I have self-published my books of poetry and my story, My Literary Profile: A Memoir, under the imprint Ohan Press at  These books are available at the Press and also at and Please feel free to visit and read descriptions, reviews and other information.

Helene Pilibosian

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 2:13pm

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At 6:41am on May 14, 2012, George Michael Loughmueller said…

Why yes, Ms. Pilibosian, I have a short story series called Set Free: An Amish Journey. Please give it a read if you get the chance -


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