Born in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1947. He has lived in Armenia (1966-72), obtaining an MA degree in Philology from the State University of Yerevan. At present he is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the Sorbonne. He has traveled in the Soviet Union, the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Basmadjian is the author of four books of poetry and translator of Paruir Sevak: Selected Poems, an English-language edition published in 1973. His poems have appeared in English, French, Russian, Czechoslovakian and Hungarian. He has translated widely from the Armenian into English and has introduced modern American, English and Arabic poetry to the Armenian reader.
Roles: Author, Translator