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Nancy Agabian

Part-time Faculty
(212) 998-7314
1 Wash Pl, Room 429

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Thursday 12:15-2:15 Advising, 2:15-3:15

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 Heightening Stories, the series of socially-engaged, community-based workshops she founded in 2012 in Jackson Heights, Queens, where she lives.

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Nancy Agabian


B.A. Studio Art, Wellesley College, 1990
M.F.A. Writing, Columbia University, 2003

Recent News

In October 2016, Professor Nancy Agabian and Gallatin faculty member Meera Nair shared their work as a part of Soapbox Response, an opportunity to reflect on artist Zoe Leonard's 1992 text-based work "I want a president."

In February 2016, Nancy Agabian's novel manuscript, The Fear of Large and Small Nations was selected as a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

In 2015, Nancy Agabian was named to the board of the Queens literary journal Newton Literary. She was appointed by the Queens Council on the Arts as a mentor for in QCA's Artist Peer Circle program in both 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

In October 2014, Agabian organized "Beyond Diversity: A Conversation among Artists, Activists and Neighbors about the Dreams, Divisions and Direction of Jackson Heights" at Queens Pride House in Jackson Heights, Queens.

She had a passage from her novel-in-progress, The Fear of Large and Small Nations, published in The Hye-Phen Magazine in November 2014. In December 2014, she had her work "Exhaustion, Faith or Madness" published on Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.

Professor Agabian read at the Zohrab Center in NYC in October 2014. She read from her novel-in-progress, The Fear of Large and Small Nations with members of the online Heightening Stories workshop, "Jump Start Your Writing" at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, in January 2015. She read at "Into Our Space: Writers of Color Welcoming Our Communities" at La Casa Azul Bookstore in New York, New York in March 2015. She read at the Bureau of General Services: Queer Division in New York, New York in March 2015.

Professor Agabian was named a 2013 Laundromat Project Create Change Professional Development Fellow. She 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. 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 work “Clouds of Paan” was published in Newtown Literary's Fall/Winter 2013 issue.  


2017 Spring

Writing Nonfiction on Social Change

2016 Spring

Writing Nonfiction on Social Change

2016 Fall

Writing Cross-Culturally

2015 Fall

Writing Cross-Culturally

2015 Spring

Writing Nonfiction on Social Change