YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Fifty-five year old Levon Ananian was elected the new chairman of the Union of Armenia’s Writers after the results of the ballot were announced on Saturday.
The 13th congress of the Union of Armenia’s Writers lasted three days and was unfortunately marred by unpleasant incidents when debates often turned into brawls with delegates punching one another.
Ananian is a native of the village of Koghb in the Noyemberian region. He graduated from the Yerevan State University philological department. He has worked for several local newspapers. Ananian joined the staff of Garoun literary magazine in 1975–and was appointed its chief editor in 1990.
The new chairman has translated collections of Russian and English poetry into Armenian. He is a recipient of the Golden Pen prize. The Apollo Publishing House–which translates selections of world literature into Armenian–was founded by Ananian and his colleagues in 1993. Apollo has so far translated and published close to 150 books.
Ananian said he hopes his colleagues will help him reinvigorate Armenian literary life.