David Kherdian

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David Kherdian (born 1931) is an Armenian-American writer, poet, and editor. He is known best for The Road from Home (Greenwillow Books, 1979), based on his mother's childhood—cataloged as biography by some libraries, as fiction by others.[1]


Kherdian was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1931. In 1971 he married Nonny Hogrogian, an Armenian-American illustrator and writer. For two years they lived in Lyme Center, New Hampshire, where he was the state "poet-in-the-schools". The state university library is one repository for their works (in a joint collection).[2] Hogrogian has illustrated some of his books, both poetry anthologies edited by Kherdian and his own writings.[3] A new edition of The Road from Home was published with her illustrations in 1995.[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

David Kherdian's reputation is spread over all the genres he has worked in, from his many books, to the three journals he edited, as well as his three small presses he founded. He was the first to place ethnic-American writers within the canon of American literature, which he accomplished through anthologies and journals, and just as importantly with his own writings. As an editor, writer, and publisher, Kherdian has always been ahead of his time; he comes down the long intermittent line of mystic American poets, namely, Walt Whitman, Henry Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson—poets who are rarely valued in their lifetimes.


Kherdian won the 1979 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for children's nonfiction,[4] and he was the only runner-up for the 1980 Newbery Medal,[5] recognizing The Road from Home (1979), about the childhood of his mother Veron Dumehjian before and during the Armenian Genocide. The book has been published in most European countries and in many other places, including Japan.[6] It has been reissued several times in the United States and is increasingly read in middle schools throughout the country. In the sequel Finding Home (1981) she settles in America as a mail-order bride. It too is sometime cataloged as fiction.[7]

Selected works[edit]

WorldCat member libraries report holding more than 20 books by Kherdian, of which The Road from Home is by far the most common.[8]


  1. ^ a b See WorldCat member records of The Road from Home for example: Biography, OCLC 4492330; FictionOCLC 438300821. WorldCat does not identify catalog sources but the former is an English language record ("238 pages") and the latter is not ("238 str."). Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  2. ^ "Nonny Hogrogian and David Kherdian: Papers, 1966–1986". Milne Special Collections. University of New Hampshire. Retrieved June 26, 2013. With biographical sketch.
  3. ^ "Nonny Hogrogian Papers". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved June 26, 2013. . With biographical sketch.
  4. ^ "Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: Winners and Honor Books 1967 to present". The Horn Book. Archived from the original on October 19, 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". ALSC. ALA.
      "The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  6. ^ Soghomonian, Sarah (May 2005). "Authors David Kherdian and Nonny Hogogrian Speak on Campus" (PDF). Hye Sharzhoom. 26 (4): 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b See WorldCat member records of Finding Home for example: Biography OCLC 6789278; Fiction OCLC 764698736. These records seem to be from English-language libraries. Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  8. ^ "Kherdian, David". OCLC WorldCat Identities. WorldCat (worldcat.org). Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Starting from San Francisco: A Life in Writing

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