Kosrof Chantikian


Larkspur, CA 94939

Author's Bio

Kosrof Chantikian's new book of poems – The Songs Inside of You – was published June 2020.  Reviews by Naomi Shihab Nye and Prartho Sereno follow:

"So much love lives in the beautiful poems of Kosrof Chantikian

read them with a wide open soul

and prepare for restoration."

                           Naomi Shihab Nye, The Poetry Foundation, Young People’s Poet Laureate


"In the tradition of Pablo Neruda and Rainer Maria Rilke,

Kosrof Chantikian offers these fierce and tender poems to the world.

I cannot think of a more important healing voice and vision

to help us navigate this precarious dark age."

                           Prartho Sereno, Poet Laureat Emerita of Marin County,


The Songs Inside of You (published June 2020) is available at:   kosmos_books@sonic.net

Price:  softcover: $19.95;    hardcover: $35.00;     plus CA State & local taxes, if applicable, and postage.

Text:  Eight pages + 88 pages of poems.  Each book is sewn and bound.

He was a finalist in the Dogwood Literary Prize in Poetry for 2018 and 2020.

He is also the author of two earlier poetry books:  Prophecies & Transformations, and Imaginations & Self-Discoveries.  He is the Editor of  Octavio Paz: Homage to the Poet,  and The Other Shore: 100 Poems by Rafael Alberti.  He was Editor of KOSMOS: A Journal of Poetry, and Series Editor of the KOSMOS Modern Poets in Translation Series.

His poems have appeared in Amerus, Ararat, Blue Unicorn, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, Green House, Grey Sparrow Journal, KOSMOS: A Journal of Poetry, Leveler Poetry, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Snow Jewel, Verse Wisconsin, and other journals.

His essay on Octavio Paz entitled "The Poetry and Thought of Octavio Paz: An Introduction” appeared in Octavio Paz: Homage to the Poet, and was reprinted in Octavio Paz edited by Harold Bloom.

Series Editor – KOSMOS Modern Poets in Translation Series

    The Other Shore: 100 Poems by Rafael Alberti
        (Modern Poets in Translation Series, vol. 1, Spanish & English)

   Transparent God by Claude Esteban
        (Modern Poets in Translation Series, vol. 2, French & English)

   The Beaches of Thule by Jean Laude
        (Modern Poets in Translation Series, vol. 3, French & English)

   Conjuncture of Body and Garden; Cosmogony by Claude Esteban
        (Modern Poets in Translation Series, vol. 4, French & English)


   Octavio Paz: Homage to the Poet

      “Octavio Paz – Poetry as Coded Silence” by Jaime Alazraki

      "Towards the Other Shore: The Latest Stage in the Poetry of Octavio Paz"
             by Manuel Durán

      “Reverberation of the Stone” by Ricardo Gullón

      “Notes on Paz” by Julio Ortega

      “The Passages of Memory: Reading a Poem by Octavio Paz” by José Miguel Oviedo

Poets & Writers:   http://www.pw.org/content/kosrof_chantikian

Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/Kosrof-Chantikian...


       Interview & Poetry Reading:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqzzVu6LBME
                  "To the Old Man in the Rhodes Café"


      Interview with Kosrof Chantikian by Neshama Franklin & Poetry Reading
      (17 June 2015)       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqzzVu6LBME


He was educated at New York University and received Master's degrees in both Philosophy and Mathematics.

Publications & Prizes

The Songs Inside of You (KOSMOS, 2020)
Prophecies & Transformations (KOSMOS, 1978)
Imaginations & Self-Discoveries (KOSMOS, 1974)
Blue Unicorn
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Green House
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Marin Poetry Center Anthology
Snow Jewel
Verse Wisconsin
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Last update: Aug 20, 2020