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Keith Garebian Awarded the Prestigious William Saroyan Medal by the Minister of Diaspora in Armenia

We are so proud to announce that Keith Garebian has been awarded the prestigious William Saroyan Medal by the Minister of Diaspora in Armenia at the 5th Conference of Diaspora Armenian Writers Who Compose In Other Languages, on July 12-15th, 2013.

keithgarebianKeith Garebian is a widely published, award-winning freelance literary, theatre, and dance critic, biographer, and poet. The Ministry’s William Saroyan Medal is granted for contributing to the dissemination of Armenian culture in the Diaspora, prominent achievements in the sphere, developing Armenia-Diaspora partnership through creative activities and making great contributions to the strengthening of relations between Armenia and the Diaspora and relations within Diaspora Armenian communities.

Among Keith’s many awards are the Scarborough Arts Council Poetry Award (2010), the Canadian Authors Association (Niagara Branch) Poetry Award (2009), the Mississauga Arts Award (2000 and 2008), a Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Award (2006), the Lakeshore Arts/Scarborough Arts Council Award for Poetry (2003), and an Ontario Poetry Society Award for Haiku (2003).

His latest book of poetry, published with Guernica in 2013, is Moon on Wild GrassesThe collection features illustrations by the author, and shows the unsuspected scope of a very concise, precise poetic form. Keith Garebian’s haiku encompass a wide range of themes in a vividly elegant style that combines the pictorial with the passionate, erotic or reflective. Nature, empirical experience, the self, love, death, and grief are captured with a perceptive, sensitive eye.

Keith received this award on his 70th birthday, and we are so pleased that he was given such a worthy present.

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