Poet PETER BALAKIAN (Bah-LAKE-ee-in) is Professor of English at Colgate University, and the au... Poet PETER BALAKIAN (Bah-LAKE-ee-in) is Professor of English at Colgate University, and the author of a new memoir "Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian Past" (Basic Books) BALAKIAN grew up in an affluent New Jersey suburb, unaware of the tragedy that was part of his family's past: how his grandmother and aunts were forced by the Ottoman Turkish government to march from their home in Turkey to a camp in Syria. Though the history is controversial, some claim more than a million Armenians died. His grandmother brought a human rights suit against the Turkish government. BALAKIAN has also written four books of poetry. (THIS INTERVIEW CONTINUES INTO THE SECOND HALF OF THE SHOW)12:28:30 FORWARD PROMO (:29)12:29:00 I.D. BREAK (:59)12:
NPR logo Poet PETER BALAKIAN (Bah-LAKE-ee-in) is Professor of English at Colgate University, and the au...

Poet PETER BALAKIAN (Bah-LAKE-ee-in) is Professor of English at Colgate University, and the au...

Poet PETER BALAKIAN (Bah-LAKE-ee-in) is Professor of English at Colgate University, and the au...

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Poet PETER BALAKIAN (Bah-LAKE-ee-in) is Professor of English at Colgate University, and the author of a new memoir "Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian Past" (Basic Books) BALAKIAN grew up in an affluent New Jersey suburb, unaware of the tragedy that was part of his family's past: how his grandmother and aunts were forced by the Ottoman Turkish government to march from their home in Turkey to a camp in Syria. Though the history is controversial, some claim more than a million Armenians died. His grandmother brought a human rights suit against the Turkish government. BALAKIAN has also written four books of poetry. (THIS INTERVIEW CONTINUES INTO THE SECOND HALF OF THE SHOW)12:28:30 FORWARD PROMO (:29)12:29:00 I.D. BREAK (:59)12: