December 31, 1900
|Died||July 12, 1969 (aged 68)|
|Nationality||Ottoman Armenian Armenia|
|Alma mater||Yerevan State University|
|Occupation||poet and writer|
Nairi Zarian (born Hayastan Yeghiazarian, Armenian: Նաիրի Զարյան, December 31, 1900, Kharakonis, near Van, Ottoman Empire - July 12, 1969, Yerevan) was an Armenian poet and writer. From 1944 to 1946, he was president of the Writers Union of Armenia. He also served the chairman of the Armenian SSR Committee for the Defense of Peace.
An orphan and survivor of the Armenian Genocide, he fled to Eastern Armenia in 1915. In 1918, he fought as part of a militia against Ottoman forces in Western Armenia. He graduated from the history department of Yerevan State University in 1927, then completed his postgraduate studies at the literary department of the Leningrad State Academy of the Arts in 1933. In the poem "Rock of Rushan" (1930) he showed "the socialistic resistance of an Armenian village". His novel "Hatsavan" (1937, completed and republished in 1947–1949) is dedicated to the process of collectivization. During World War II, Zarian published a large number of poems and notes, in 1943 finishing his poem "The voice of Homeland". In 1946 his historical tragedy Ara Geghetsik was published. From 1951 to 1958 he was a deputy in the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR.