Through podcasts, literary journals, and YouTube channels, I explore the concepts and principles of my work with different professionals and in various contexts.
Essay, "The Illusion of Regionalism" published in Consequence Magazine, 2020
"If life is our ability to attain our unfoldment, as evidenced by the seed that sprouts into the tree and the increasingly rapid expansion of our universe, it follows then that forward motion must continue, or death and decay will set in."
Short story, "Four Suitcases" published in Aster(ix) Journal and Sampsonia Way
"It was the Shah of ancient Persia who summoned a highly celebrated poet and asked him to create one verse––one sentence that would hold true under any circumstance––and could devotedly be applied to every emotion. The poet returned with these words, es el ge ansanee, and was banished from the palace. On his deathbed, the Shah asked the poet to grace the palace with his presence once again. This too shall pass."
Review, "Lyric Language and Trauma" published in Agni Online
"Trauma suspends language as the human psyche attempts to survive the experience; only through the creation of a new language can the trauma be understood and communicated. In his recent book, Vise and Shadow: Essays on the Lyric Imagination, Poetry, Art, and Culture, Balakian explores the ways in which traumatic experience is conveyed within poetry, nonfiction, art, film, and song through the works of Primo Levi, T.S. Eliot, Bob Dylan, Siamanto, Hart Crane, Joan Didion, Elia Kazan, and others."