Silva Zanoyan Merjanian is a widely published poet who grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. She moved to Geneva during the Lebanese civil war after personally experiencing the devastation of her beloved country. She later settled in California to raise her two sons with her husband. Her poetry reflects a little of what she took with her from each city she lived in. The nostalgia for her roots, her Armenian heritage, her deep sense of humanity reduced and elevated at the same time in life’s events, permeate through her poems. Her work is featured in anthologies and international poetry journals. Her first volume of poetry, Uncoil a Night, was released in 2013.
On April 24, 2015, Silva Zanoyan Merjanian was the guest of honor at the Celebration of Survival. Celebration of Survival was held at the Ohio State University to remember and celebrate the survival and advancement of the Armenian culture despite the Armenian Genocide. You can watch her speech here: