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Nancy Agabian

Nancy Agabian

Part-time Faculty
B.A. Studio Art, Wellesley College, 1990
M.F.A. Writing, Columbia University, 2003

Nancy Agabian is the author of Princess Freak,  (Beyond Baroque Books)   a collection of autobiographical poems and performance texts, and Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter  (Aunt Lute Books) a   memoir about the influence of her Armenian family's history on her coming-of-age. Me as her again was honored as a Lambda Literary Award finalist for LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a Saroyan International Prize. A Fulbright scholar to Armenia for 2006-07, she is currently working on   a nonfiction novel on the influences of nationalism, corruption, and family on personal freedom in post-Soviet Armenia. Nancy is also a performance artist and has presented her work internationally. Her research interests include cultural identity, national identity, LGBT issues, feminist issues, and development in post-Soviet nations. She also teaches writing at Queens College, and she has taught community writing workshops with women in Armenia and multicultural groups in Queens, New York, where she lives.


Professor Nancy Agabian helped coordinate the Harlem Story Walk, a roving storytelling event on Lenox Avenue, held in September 2013. She read “Protection from Secrets and Jokes” for the November 2013 Boundless Tales Reading Series, in Astoria, NY. In March 2014, she read “Everything in Time: Poems of Memory and Armenia” at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Brooklyn, NY. Along with Bridget Bartolini, she presented at the November 2013 Brooklyn event “The Harlem Story Walk: Generating Dialogue on Neighborhood Change,” a Cultural Organizing for Community Change Workshop sponsored by Arts & Democracy in Brooklyn, NY. Her “Clouds of Paan” was published in Newtown Literary Journal’s Fall/Winter 2013 issue.  

Professor Agabian was appointed by the Queens Council on the Arts as a 2013-2014 mentor in their Artist Peer Circle program and was named a 2013 Laundromat Project Create Change Professional Development Fellow.  


Contact Information

Nancy Agabian

Part-time Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 604
(212) 992-9829
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Office Hours
Monday 1-3:30


2015 Spring

Writing Nonfiction on Social Change
Mon 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Spring

Writing Nonfiction on Social Change
Mon 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Fall

Oral Narratives
Mon 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2013 Spring

Writing Nonfiction on Social Change
Mon 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2012 Fall

Oral Narratives: Stories and Their Variations
Mon 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

essay; memoir; poetry; performance art; oral history; Middle Eastern cultures; post-Soviet cultures; urban cultures; immigrant and transnational issues; feminist and queer issues

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