Perla Kantarjian is an award-winning Lebanese-Armenian writer, copywriter, journalist, editor, and educator based between Lebanon, England, and Armenia. Her writings have been published in over 50+ renowned journals and magazines, including The Rumpus, Electric Literature, AMBIT, Lucent Dreaming, and Black Warrior Review.
Her work has also been awarded, placed, and recognized by Palette Poetry, Southbank Centre, The Poetry Society, Orison Books, Magma Poetry, Black Lawrence Press, and more, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Most notably, her surrealist poem, "Half Woman, Half Starlight" was selected by the founder of The Lunar Codex: Artists on the Moon project as one of the works by female literary artists to be placed in a time capsule, launched to the Moon and archived on its surface. She remains the only Lebanese and Armenian artist aboard the time capsule.
Formerly a literature and journalist instructor at the International College in Beirut, Kantarjian was also a journalist for Annahar English and the co-founding executive editor of Carpe Diem, Annahar Newspaper’s literary segment, as well as a content writer for Bookstr. She also served as Creative Communications Director for BLACK LEMON, the first Web3 Lab and NFT Production House in the MENA. Currently, she is a submissions reader for Rusted Radishes - Beirut literary and arts journal at the American University of Beirut, an invited Creative Armenia Network member, and a member of the International Armenian Literary Alliance. She has her BA in English Studies (Literature and Linguistics) and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia as the 2021-22 Sonny Mehta Scholar.