Nancy Kricorian

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Nancy Jean Kricorian (Armenian: Նենսի Կրիկորյան) is an American author of the novels Zabelle (1997)[1] and Dreams of Bread and Fire (2003).[2] Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published her third novel "All the Light There Was" in March 2013.

Kricorian was born in Watertown, Massachusetts,[3] the daughter of Irene (Gelinas), a child care provider, and Edward L. Kricorian, a meatcutter.[4] She is of Armenian (father) and French-Canadian (mother) descent.[5][6] Kricorian, a graduate of Dartmouth College, has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University.[3] She is an award-winning[citation needed] and widely published[citation needed] poet who has taught at Yale, Queens College, Rutgers, and Columbia.[3][7] She is a former member of the editorial board of Ararat Quarterly,[citation needed] the advisory board of the Armenia Tree Project,[8] and is a NAASR member.[citation needed]

Her work was part of the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six Books for which she wrote a piece based upon Ecclesiastes, a book of the King James Bible[9]

She was the coordinator of CODEPINK New York City[10] from 2003-2010, and is currently on the national staff of CODEPINK Women for Peace. She is married to producer and screenwriter James Schamus.[11]


  1. ^ Steinberg, Sybil S. (November 24, 1997). "Zabelle", Publishers Weekly 244 (48): 53.
  2. ^ Zaleski, Jeff (May 26, 2003). "Dreams of Bread and Fire", Publishers Weekly 25
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  8. ^ "News | Armenia Tree Project". Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
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  11. ^ Carroll, Jerry (March 19, 1998). "Two writing powers", San Francisco Chronicle, p. E2.