Gregory Djanikian was born in 1949 in Alexandria, Egypt, of Armenian parentage. When he was 8 years old, he and his family to Pennsylvania, where he still lives outside of Philadelphia.
Djanikian is Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1983. He has published five books poetry: “The Man in the Middle” (1984); “Falling Deeply into America” (1989); “About Distance” (1995); “Years Later” (2000); and “So I Will Till the Ground” (2007).
He is the winner of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Eunice Tietjens Prize and Friends of Literature Award from Poetry magazine and the Anahid Literary Award from the Armenian Center of Columbia University.
Gregory Djanikian reads two of his poems in this web exclusive: