ASA: Armenian Students' Association

ZIRYAB presents GARTAL a new Armenian reading series


a new Armenian reading series

on SATURDAY, JUNE 7th, 2003
6:00 PM
at the CORNELIA ST CAFE (29 Cornelia Street, be/n w4th & Bleecker,
just West of 6th Ave, Manhattan, New York)

is Professor and Director of Women's Studies at the University of
Massachusetts/Amherst. She is author of Lion Woman's Legacy: An
Armenian American Memoir (1992). She also edited Through the Kitchen
Window: Women Explore the Intimate Meanings of Cooking and Eating
(1997,1998), and co-edited African American Women and the Vote
1837-1965 (1997). Avakian is also an anti-racist, anti-sexist activist who 
works for social justice.

whose last name does not end in -ian - is in fact Armenian on her
mother's side. Though some would have her hyphenate her name to 
"Turian-Ghuneim" to bring out the essence of her Armenian-ness, she feels 
it is not necessary. What she does feel necessary, however, is the recent 
journey she has been on, both mentally and physically, to discover her 
Armenian roots, learn the language and partake of the rich cultural and 
historical land of "Armenia" that is in her heart, even if it is not on her 

was born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Toronto and currently lives in New
York. He is a writer for both AGBU  news magazine and The Brooklyn Rail 
newspaper. He has worked with a number of non-profit rganizations,
particularly those that serve the Armenian community internationally.

Is an a capella group comprised of three women of Armenian descent
who seek to capture and share the sound of our ancestors’ folk music in
three-part a capella harmony. They believe that Armenian folk music,
from the melodies of forgotten villages to 20th century compositions,
harbors a particular magic that deserves an ear. The sounds of longing, 
celebration, struggle, desire and reverie shape much of our repertoire. 
Zulal stands for clarity and purity. It refers back to the origins of the 
Armenian people; to the rural villages where nature and life flowed 
together as one.

(Musician; member of Henry Threadgill's "Zooid".)

Admission: $8 includes 1 free drink.

The Cornelia Street Cafe is located at 29 Cornelia Street between West
4th St. & Bleecker St.(just west of 6th Ave) Subway: A,C,E,F,V at West 4th 
St or 1 at Christopher St/Sheridan Sq

ZIRYAB is a monthly reading series (held every 1st Saturday of the
Month) for Arab American Writers and Friends. Though it is a "reading
series"geared towards Poets, Writers, & Playrights, we also encourage 
musical performances and organize other types of multi-media events.

ZIRYAB is a non-for-profit organization offering a platform for ALL
human voices. We believe in using art as a means of portraying not only our 
diversity, but our commonality as humans.

The name ZIRYAB is taken after Ziryab, an Arab who lived in Al Andalus, now 
Spain, in the 9th century AD. Ziryab was by most accounts, one of the more 
fascinating figures of history, an unparalleled creator, inventor and 
arbitor of style and taste, who dictated fashions and arts. Ziryab
designed new musical modes and methods, reworked scales, and constructed a 
harmonic theory which linked music and healing. He also is known for his 
influence on hairstyles, clothes (including which colors should be worn in 
what seasons), menus, tableware and etiquette, perfumes, cosmetics, 
toothpaste, philosophy, astrology and medicine. He was nominated as man of 
the Millenium along with Albert Einstein.

For any comment or information about the organization please feel free
to contact us at: Ziryabny

Gartal is a new reading series, curated by writer Nancy Agabian, that
takes place three to four times a year at the Cornelia Street Cafe. It is a
forum for both established and emerging writers of Armenian descent and/or 
writers dealing with Armenian themes to read their poetry, fiction and 
creative nonfiction to the public. It brings together, via the dual acts of 
reading and listening, diverse Armenian constituencies, from the 
progressive to the traditional. A particular effort is made to give voice 
to Armenian stories that haven't been widely heard, including those of 
mixed race, various religions, different economic backgrounds, and gay and 
lesbian Armenians. Gartal seeks to showcase the well-crafted ideas, images, 
and stories of all Armenian writers for three reasons: 1) Their work may be 
exposed to the public at large, 2) a wide Armenian community may experience 
the affirmation of seeing and hearing
themselves reflected within a cultural context, and 3) challenging
ideas can be exchanged within the transformative experience of art. For 
more info on the series, please email