M. M. Adjarian is a critic, essayist, freelance writer and occasional poet. She earned a BA in comparative literature from the University of California and a PhD in the same field from the University of Michigan. Her mentors have included Oakland PEN award-winning memoirist and distinguished poet Lucille Lang Day and novelist Brian Bouldrey.
Ms. Adjarian has published her creative work in such journals as the Baltimore Review, Verdad, South 85, The Missing Slate, Grub Street, Pif, Glint, Gravel, Crack the Spine and the North Dakota Quarterly. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Tribeza-Austin, Arts + Culture Texas, Bitch, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and the Dallas Voice.
As a scholar of twentieth century women’s writing, she produced studies for a number of academic journals such as College Literature and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. In 2004, she published a book of criticism titled Allegories of Desire: Body Nation and Empire in Modern Caribbean Literature by Women (Praeger).
Currently, Ms. Adjarian is at work on a family memoir, This Life That Binds, and teaches courses in the personal essay through the Writers League of Texas. An avid amateur photographer, she enjoys shooting film with vintage and toy cameras and experimenting with the latest Hipstamatic camera lenses for her iPhone.