Narine Jallatyan is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the department of Comparative Literature at UCLA. Her field of interest includes 20th century Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean poetry and the poetic production of the Armenian Diaspora within the theoretical framework of post-colonial and diaspora studies. Armenian poets of interest include Vahe Oshagan and Krikor Beledian, as well as Dereck Walcott and Edouard Glissant from English and French Caribbean. Her research explores ways in which the discourse of poetry thinks, feels, or overcomes the impact of a traumatic past on language that bears the marks of such a past. Narine has an M.A degree in Comparative Literature and a B.A degree in International Development Studies, both from UCLA. I was born in Gyumri, Armenia and moved to Los Angeles with my family when a teenager, some ten years ago.