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. She has studied with Oakland PEN award-winning memoirist and distinguished poet Lucille Lang Day and novelist Brian Bouldrey.
She has published her creative work in such journals as the Baltimore Review, Verdad, South 85, Serving House Journal, The Missing Slate, The Mulberry Fork Review, Grub Street, Pif, Glint, Crack the Spine and Poetry Quarterly. Her other articles and reviews have appeared in Tribeza, Arts + Culture Texas, Bitch Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and the Dallas Voice. She has produced studies for a number of academic journals and compendiums, one book of literary criticism, Allegories of Desire: Body Nation and Empire in Modern Caribbean Literature by Women (Praeger, 2004) and maintains a commercial writing website at Words to Say It: Business Copywriting + Communication.
In the past, Ms. Adjarian worked as a faculty member in the Humanities Division at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. She currently teaches courses in memoir and creative non-fiction through the Writers League of Texas and is at work on a family memoir provisionally titled This Life That Binds. An avid amateur photographer, Ms. Adjarian enjoys shooting film with vintage and toy cameras and maintains an active Instagram page under the name @wordstosayit.