Sona Van (USA)
Sona Van, poet/essayist is an Armenian medical school graduate who later received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in USA. She spent nearly fifteen years of her early career as one of the pioneer AIDS researchers at Kaiser Hospital, Los Angeles. Later, with her husband, Dr. Noobar Janoian, Sona Van founded All For Health-- a non-profit medical group which has grown to encompass fourteen different locations providing free healthcare to the indigent population of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities. She is also a sustaining member and contributor to one of the first Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation centers to be established in her native country, Armenia. Despite her significant devotion to healthcare and mental health, nowadays, she is best known for, and most significantly involved in her literary career.
She is the author of seven books of poetry that have been translated into fourteen different languages around the world by renowned authors and literary icons of their respective nations. Sona Van is the recipient of several accolades in honor of her work. She is particularly revered in her homeland, having been awarded the Nation’s most prestigious honors bestowed upon a writer. These include the Gold Medals awarded by the Ministry of Culture and the Armenian Ministry of Diaspora; the gold medal from the Golden Apricot Film Festival and the highest Presidential Honor, the “Movses Khorenatsi Medal” for her contribution in preserving the Armenian identity abroad.