Levon Ananyan was born on October 13th, 1946 in Koghb. In 1964, he graduated from high school in Koghb. In 1968, he graduated from the Philological Faculty of Yerevan State University. His graduate work, “The Aesthetic Looks of Garegin Levonyan”, was written in English. He has worked for many newspapers and edited the newspaper “teacher”. In 1975, he joined the editorial board of the monthly newspaper “Garoun” and in 1990 was elected as the chief editor. In 2001, he was elected to the presidency of the Union of Writers of Armenia while working as a lecturer at the Faculty of Journalism at Yerevan State University. Since 2002, he has been the head of the NGO Noyemberyan. In 1992, he founded the publishing house “Apollo” which works to translate world literature from the original language to Armenian. Ananyan’s own works have been translated into several languages including English, Russian, and Georgian. He is a member of three international academies. He is married with three children.
Ashot Aghababyan is a reporter and publicist. He has been a member of the Journalists Union of Armenia since 1991 and a member of the International Academy of Science of Nature and Society (IASNS) since 1999.
He was born in Koghb on January 28th, 1959. He graduated from the philological faculty of YSU. He is the author of many publications and has done several translations. Ashot is a regular correspondent for the regional newspaper Tsiatsan. Since 1990, he has worked at the daily newspaper “The Republic of Armenia”; from 1993-1998 as Deputy Chief Editor and from 1998-2001 as the General Editor. From 2002 to 2004, he was the head of the Armenia Center for Strategic and National Studies.
His documentary novel Resident was considered the best book of the year in 2004, according to the marketing section of the independent agency Noyan Tapan. He has been the chief editor of The Interviewer Armenia, published in Russian and Armenian, since 2007. He is married with two daughters.
Elya (Elichka) Avagyan
1916-2004 Pedagogue, writer
Elya Avagyan was born in Koghb, in 1916. After elementary school she studied at seven-year school, called ‘’Gyughyerit’’ in Barana, then in the Pedagogical School in Gharakilisa (Vanadzor), and later in Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute. She worked as teacher in Noyemberyan, then in Yerevan. Elya Avagyan’s works were published in different literary newspapers and journals, as well as in the ‘’Yaraj’’, a French newspaper. She was the mother of three children. The collection of poems, titled ‘’Old Recollections”, summarizes the author’s works written at different times, which are mainly lyrical, and are remarkable for emotion and deep feeling of inspiration. The paths of memories take her softly to her childhood, her home, the house of her forefathers, where the author perceives the superfine delicacy of the nature and passes it sincerely to the reader.