Leonardo Paul Alishan (1951–2005) was an Armenian-Iranian writer, scholar, and translator. He was a professor of Persian and Comparative Literature at the University of Utah from 1978-1997. His published works include three collections of poetry, a book of short stories, and many scholarly articles. His translations included works by Nima Yushij, Mehdi Akhavan-Sales, Jalal Al-e Ahmad, and Ahmad Shamlu who dedicated one of his poems to Alishan. He was a member of the Armenian Catholic minority.
Leonardo ("Nardo") Alishan was born to Michael Alishan and Annette Nazloomian in Tehran, Iran, on March 4, 1951. A descendant of the Armenian writer Ghevont Alishan (1820–1901), he developed an interest in literature at an early age. He earned a BA in English Language and Literature from Iran National University in 1973 after which, he immigrated to the United States. He then earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He moved to Utah and joined the University of Utah's Middle Eastern Studies department in the same year.
- Dancing Barefoot on Broken Glass, Ashod Press, 1991.
- Through a Dewdrop, Open Letter Press, 2000.
- Dead Man's Shadow: Collected Poems, Blind Owl Press, 2010.
- Free Fall: Collected Short Stories, Mazda Publishers, 2010.
- Lucian Stone, "Leonardo Paul Alishan's Shadow: A Biographical Introduction," in Dead Man's Shadow: Collected Poems, Blind Owl Press, 2010, pp. xiii-xlviv.
- Rubina Peroomian, "The Restless World of Leonardo Alishan (March 1951-January 2005)," in Genocide Studies and Prevention 1/3 (2006): 289-303.
- Obituary, Salt Lake Tribune, January 13, 2005.
- Academy of American Poets Award
- Christopher Morely Poetry Award
- Irving Writing Award
- Atlanta Review International Merit Award