Welcome to the new Ararat. The decision by the Central Board of Directors of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) to make the transition from a print magazine to an interactive electronic publication was based on two primary considerations: first, to continue Ararat’s proud tradition of literary excellence but in a more dynamic forum that can more easily reach a significantly larger number of people; second, to reach an expanded readership demographically, including young professionals across many professions globally. The new Ararat will have new posts on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

The new Ararat will continue to publish quality fiction and essays. However, at the same time, we are looking to expand the variety of its contents, as follows: Current Affairs; Arts & Culture; Business; Education & Health; Fiction & Poetry; and Opinions. There will also be selective events listings, which will alert readers of events taking place that pertain to the aforementioned fields. Another feature will be Hot Topics Online or in Armenian Publications, which will contain links to existing articles, etc.

We encourage you to not only become a regular follower of Ararat but also spread the word about it online via Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools. In addition, we welcome your comments about the articles and pieces published, through the blog feature, which we envision becoming just as valuable a component of the magazine as the published material itself.

We look forward to hearing your suggestions for possible articles, essays, feature stories, etc. And we’d be delighted to entertain offers for submissions.

In its 50-year history, Ararat became not only the premier magazine of Armenian-American literature but also covered many aspects of Armenian history and culture. As such, it represents a valuable repository of materials for the study of these topics by scholars. Its collections constitute a unique holding in many public and private libraries across the United States. It is our hope and intention to not only continue this exalted tradition but expand and enrich it in the coming years.

— Aris Sevag, Editor

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