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Famous Writers from Armenia

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List of famous writers from Armenia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Armenia is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Armenian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Armenia and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list has a variety of writers in it, from Gheorghe Asachi to Hovhannes Shiraz.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Armenian writers?" and "Which writers are from Armenia?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Armenia in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Armenia, but they're all of Armenia descent.
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Cher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 73
Cher is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. ...more
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Atom Egoyan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 59
Atom Egoyan, OC is a Canadian stage director and film director. Egoyan was born to Armenian parents in Egypt. His family moved to Canada when he was two years old. His work often explores themes ...more
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William Saroyan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Dec. at 73 (1908-1981)
William Saroyan was an American dramatist and author. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film adaptation of his novel ...more
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Eric Bogosian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 66
Eric Bogosian is an American actor, playwright, monologuist, and novelist.
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Bulat Okudzhava is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Dec. at 73 (1924-1997)
Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava was a Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter of Georgian-Armenian ancestry. He was one of the founders of the Russian genre called ...more
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Garry Kasparov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 56
Garry Kimovich Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist, considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time. From 1986 ...more
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Karen Shakhnazarov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 67
Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov, PAR is a Soviet and Russian-Armenian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. He became the Director General of the Mosfilm studios in 1998. Shakhnazarov is the son ...more
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Raffi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 71
Raffi Cavoukian, CM, OBC, better known by his mononym Raffi, is an Egyptian-born Canadian singer-songwriter, author, essayist, and lecturer of Armenian descent. He has developed his career as a ...more
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Henri Verneuil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Dec. at 82 (1920-2002)
Henri Verneuil was a French-Armenian playwright and filmmaker, who made a successful career in France. He was nominated for Oscar and Palme d'Or awards, and won Locarno International Film ...more
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Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Andre Agassi age 49
Andre Kirk Agassi is an American retired professional tennis player and former World No. 1, who was one of the game's most dominant players from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s. Generally ...more
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Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 52
Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian–American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, ...more
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Hayko Cepkin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 41
Hayko Cepkin is a Turkish musician of Armenian descent.
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Serge Avedikian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 64
Serge Avedikian, sometimes credited as Serje Avetikian, is an Armenian-French film and theatre actor, director, writer and producer, winner of Cannes Festival prize.
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Mikhail Vartanov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Dec. at 72 (1937-2009)
Mikhail Vartanov. Film director, cinematographer, documentarian, essayist, photographer and artist who developed a style of documentary filmmaking termed the “direction of undirected action.” ...more
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Arlene Francis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Dec. at 94 (1907-2001)
Arlene Francis was an American actress, radio talk show host, and game show panelist. She is known for her long-standing role as a panelist on the television game show What's My Line?, on which ...more
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Sergei Parajanov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Dec. at 66 (1924-1990)
Sergei Parajanov was an Armenian film director and artist from the Soviet Union who made significant contributions to Ukrainian, Armenian and Georgian cinema. He invented his own cinematic ...more
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Hrant Alianak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 69
Hrant Alianak, also billed as Harant Alianak or Grant Aljanak, is an Armenian-Canadian actor and playwright. In 1988 he was nominated for the Genie Award "Best Performance by an Actor in a ...more
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Artavazd Ashoti Peleshyan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 81
Artavazd Peleshian is a screenwriter, film director and film editor.
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Daron Acemoğlu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 52
Kamer Daron Acemoğlu is a Turkish-born American economist of Armenian origin.
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Ara Güler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 91
Ara Güler is a Turkish Armenian photojournalist, nicknamed "the Eye of Istanbul" or "the Photographer of Istanbul". He is considered one of Turkey's few internationally
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Henrik Malyan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Dec. at 63 (1925-1988)
Henrik Sureni Malyan was a Soviet Armenian film director and writer. He was born in Telavi, Georgia. Malyan's uncle was famous actor David Malyan. He studied chess at an early age, along with ...more
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Gérard Chaliand is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Gérard Chaliand age 85
Gérard Chaliand is a French expert in armed-conflict studies and in international and strategic relations, especially asymmetric conflicts.
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Garik Martirosyan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 45
Garik Martirosyan is a Moscow-based Armenian entertainer, comedian, TV host, actor and singer. He's the co-producer and host of the Comedy Club Russia which airs on Russian TV channel TNT. He ...more
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Ruben Simonov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Dec. at 69 (1899-1968)
Ruben Simonov was an actor and theatre director.
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Michael Arlen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Dec. at 61 (1895-1956)
Michael Arlen, born Dikran Kouyoumdjian, was an Armenian essayist, short story writer, novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter, who had his greatest successes in the 1920s while living and ...more