Silva Zanoyan Merjanian

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. Actress/Producer Eabha Rose recently read four of her poems; Choices, Rooftop, Doves of Beirut and Suicide which gained international acclaim. Her first volume of poetry, Uncoil a Night, was released in 2013. You may contact her at

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All proceeds go to Mer Doon, an organization in Armenia that just celebrated its 10th anniversary in Armenia. Mer Doon provides counseling and housing for 18 year old girls after they are dismissed from orphanages as they turn 18.  Many of these girls end up in prostitution and sex trafficking because once they leave the orphanage they have no where else to go.  Mer Doon (Our House), takes them in, gives them education, training and counseling to be independent and to not fall prey to human trafficking.

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Silva Merjanian’s second collection is a lush, full-bodied zinfandel infused throughout with the terroir of her Armenian heritage. These poems are deeply colored with currant and cherry, rich with tobacco and licorice, meant to be rolled around the tongue, and exhaled with a peppery finish.

Phillip Larrea, author of We the People, Our Patch


Silva’s poetry rewards the reader with the gift of exquisite lacework, adorned with choice words and skillfully wrought poetic imagery, which allow you to get a glimpse of both the intoxicating sensuality of survival and the scalpel scars on the frail skin of life. Many-layered, it excels alike in depicting the sphere of personal experience and of traumatic social issues.

Dr. Aprilia Zank, Lecturer for Creative Writing and Translation Theory–Ludwig Maximilian University,  Munich, Germany


Silva Merjanian continues her journey into poetry with this new collection. Her voice now takes us deeper into the shadows and hurt lockers of the heart and soul. A rawness calls out from these poems for an answer to the human condition. Meaningful and rewarding for the reader who will swim in their waves.

Brendan McCormack, one of the most unique voices in contemporary Irish Poetry; author of Phuckle and Selling Heaven