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Lorne Shirinian

Photo: Noémi Shirinian 2018

I was born in Toronto in 1945. I completed an Honours BA in French language and literature from the University of Toronto, an MA in Comparative Literature at Carleton University and a PhD in Comparative Literature at l'Université de Montréal. I founded and edited Manna: a review of contemporary poetry (1971 to 1974). I lived, taught and wrote in the Montreal area for 20 years. In 1994, I moved to Kingston, where I became a professor in the Department of English at the Royal Military College of Canada. I retired in 2010 after 35 years in the profession as Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature. In 2014, I returned to Toronto after being away for almost 40 years where I continue to write full time. 

My most recent book is a memoir, Motion Sickness (2017). I have just completed a new novel, Restlessness (2019) which is forthcoming.

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Rough Landing (poetry). Kingston, ON: Blue Heron Press, 2000.
Earthquake (poetry). Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1991.
Poems of Dispersion and Other Rites of Movement. Toronto: Manna Publising, 1977.
History of Armenia and Other Fiction (fiction). Kingston, ON: Blue Heron Press, 1999.
When Darkness Falls Upon Us (fiction). Blue Heron Press, 2005
Exile in the Cradle (drama). Blue Heron Press, 2003
Memory's Orphans (fiction). Blue Heron Press, 2002
Love Hemorrhage (fiction). Blue Heron Press, 2007
This Dark Thing: Two One-Act Plays. Blue Heron Press, 2004
So Far from Home (a biographical essay + documentary film). Blue Heron Press, 2010
Monumental (drama). Blue Heron Press, 2010
What Remains (fiction). Blue Heron Press, 2013
Transformations: Selected Short Fiction, 1977-2005. Blue Heron Press, 2013
Motion Sickness: a memoir. Blue Heron Press, 2017
Beginnings an Ends (fiction). Zoryan Institute, 1991
Restlessness (fiction)., forthcoming
Armenian North American Literature, a Critical Introduction: Genocide, Diaspora and Symbols. Edwin Mellen Press, 1990
The Republic of Armenia and the Rethinking of the North American Diaspora in Literature. Edwin Mellen Press, 1992
Survivor Memoirs of the Armenian Genocide. Taderon Press, Reading, England, 1999
Writing Memory: The Search for Home in Armenian Diasproa Literature as Cultural Practice. Blue Heron Press, 2000
Quest for Closure: The Armenian Genocide and the Search for Justice in Canada. Blue Heron Press, 1999
The Landscape of Memory: Perspectives on the Armenian Diaspora. Blue Heron Press, 2004
The Armenian Genocide: Resisting the Inertia of Indifference (co-written with Alan Whitehorn). Blue Heron Press, 2001
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