Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Armine Iknadossian’s family sought political asylum in California when she was four years old to escape the civil war. She earned her English degree with an emphasis in creative writing from UCLA and later completed her MFA in poetry at Antioch University. Iknadossian is the author of the chapbook United States of Love & Other Poems and the full-length collection All That Wasted Fruit. Her poetry has recently been included in Five South, Whale Road Review, Southern Florida Poetry Journal, MacQueen’s Quarterly, The American Journal of Poetry and Cultural Weekly. She has received fellowships from Project 1521, Idyllwild Arts, The Los Angeles Writing Project and Otis College of Art and Design. She serves on the Advisory Board of IALA (International Armenian Literary Alliance) and teaches in Los Angeles.