Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2 Poems published in Diverse Voices Quarterly, an online publication

Two of my poems were recently published in Diverse Voices Quarterly, an online publication.
They can be accessed here:


The first poem which appears on page 10 is entitled "The Fortune Teller" and is inspired (loosely) on an experience I had in Seoul, South Korea over twenty years ago.

The second poem, on page 58, is entitled "Eyes on Fire" and is a tribute to victims of the Armenian Genocide, including those in my own family.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


One of my poems was published by the Coal Hill Review, an online magazine. The poem appeared in the Fall 2011 issue and is entitled "Grief was a Stone." It is loosely based on my grandfather who was a survivor of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Over a million and a half Armenians were killed in official Turkish government action, a fact still denied by Turkey.

The poem can be accessed by clicking on the link:

Coal Hill Review

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cover Photo for Convergence, an online magazine

One of my photos was published by an online magazine called Convergence as their "Cover Photo."

Convergence has been publishing short fiction, poetry, photography, and art work since 2003 in an online ad-free format.

Click here to see the cover photo of Convergence (Fall 2009)

Five Photographs featured in Emprise Review

In 2009, five of my photographs were featured in Vol 8 (Winter 2009) of Emprise Review.
Emprise Review is an online literary journal which publishes short-fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and photography.
These photos were taken in Connecticut and New Jersey with a 35 mm Nikon camera and a medium format twin-reflex Minolta.

Unfortunately, their website is no longer working. Stay tuned for future updates.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Short Story Published

One of my short stories entitled: "YOU ARE FINDING LOVE" has been published by Defenestration, an online journal dedicated to humor. To access the story:

Click on this link

I wrote this story a few years ago after reading an article in the Miami Herald about overseas marriage brokers.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Poem - "The Arboriculturist"

One of my poems entitled "The Arboriculturist" was published by Perigee: Publication for the Arts, an online literary journal in the Aug./Sept./Oct 2007 issue (No. 17).

To take a look at the magazine Perigree, click on:


Here is the poem as it appeared in Perigree:


by Michael Minassian

Wanting shade
I made a tree;

first, an old step
ladder, wooden
with one missing slat.

For leaves, I took
pages of books
I found discarded
next to the washing machine.

Pictures from magazines
stood for blossoms;
a torn photograph
I forgot to burn
hung like ripened fruit.

But what shall I use
for roots to anchor
my surrogate sapling
this artifice of bark,
sap, and heartwood?

To view the video of my interview with Professor Gary Kay, play the You Tube video below (An Eye On Literature Production). For more video of additional poems, visit http://eyeonliterature.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 12, 2007

My photo gallery (Under construction)

Please visit my gallery featuring black & white photos, color photos, and drawings. I've posted a few black & white photos that have been published in magazines and now can be viewed at:


Here are a few samples, photos I took on a visit to Chun Cheon, South Korea in 2005.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 and died in 1886 and lived most of her life in Amherst, Massachusetts. Along with Walt Whitman, she is considered one of the most original and influential American poets of the 19th Century. Only seven of her poems were published during her lifetime, but her sister found hundreds of poems among her possessions after her death.

She is buried in Amherst. My daughter Liana, a film major at the University of Miami, visited the gravesite in March 2007 and took this photograph.

Photo by Liana Minassian

For more on Emily Dickinson, visit my blog: Eye on Literature to hear a podcast of a discussion I had with Professor Rocco Ditello of Broward Community College about Dickinson's poem "Because I Could Not Stop For Death."

For information about the Emily Dickinson Museum and House in Amherst, MA: