Arto Vaun, Ph.D

Assistant Professor; Program Chair, BAEC; Director, The Center for Creative Writing

Arto Vaun holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Huddersfield. He has also attended Harvard University and the University of Glasgow. He joined the E&C faculty in 2014. In 2016 he founded and directs AUA’s Center for Creative Writing (CCW), the first such center in the region. Locomotive, one of the CCW’s major initiatives, is the first non-Armenian literary journal that is edited, published, and exported by Armenia to various bookstores around the world. Vaun’s first book of poetry, Capillarity, was published in 2009 by Carcanet. His poems have appeared in various journals, magazines, and anthologies in the U.S. and U.K. In 2014 he received the Tololyan Prize in Literature and has been interviewed by the BBC, The Boston Globe, WAYO radio in New York and other media outlets. He taught at universities in Boston and Glasgow before coming to AUA, where he teaches Creative Writing, Modernism, World Literature, Modern Poetry, and other courses. His research interests include creative writing, transnational poetics, Modernism, and diaspora studies.