Biography

Talleen Hacikyan is a visual artist and fiction writer, based in Montreal. She has an Honors BA in Anthropology from McGill University and a BA in Fine Arts and Fine Arts Education from Université du Québec à Montréal. She has been a professional printmaker since 1985 and started writing seriously in 2001.

Following an honorable mention at the Victoria School of Writing Postcard Story Competition in 2003, Talleen was awarded first prize by the same school for the same competition two years later. In 2005 she was also a finalist at the Writers’ Union of Canada Postcard Story Competition.

In 2003 the Quebec Writers’ Federation selected Talleen for the fiction category of their Mentorship Program. Terry Rigelhof was her mentor. Between 2001 and 2005 she studied creative writing in Montreal with, Julie Keith, Catherine Kidd, Mark Abley, Ilona Martonfi, and Tess Fragoulis. She also participated in a fiction workshop with Charlotte Gill at The Victoria School of Writing.

Talleen reads her work regularly at The Yellow Door Poetry and Prose Reading, The Visual Arts Centre Poetry and Prose Reading, and Poetry Plus, all in Montreal.

She wrote and illustrated Postcards (2006), a limited edition artist’s book, which was launched at La Grande Bibliothèque, in Montreal. Her stories have been published in ARARAT Quarterly, New York and Room Magazine, Vancouver.



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