Arto Vaun is a poet, writer, and musician originally from Boston. He is the founder and editor of Locomotive, a new magazine of international poetry and prose that will launch this summer. He is a lecturer in English Literature and Writing at the American University of Armenia. He has taught writing in Boston, Glasgow, Beirut, and Yerevan.
Arto's first book, Capillarity, received positive, enthusiastic reviews in such places as The Guardian and The Glasgow Herald. He's been interviewed twice by the BBC regarding his poetry. His writing and poems have appeared in various journals, magazines, and anthologies. Arto was awarded the Tololyan Prize for International Writing in 2014.
In the recent past, he has worked in journalism and content writing.
As a songwriter, Arto has shared bills with artists like Rufus Wainwright, Daniel Johnston, Kimya Dawson, Wheat, and Ben Kweller. He has released two full-length CDs, with two more on the way. His first project was a duo called Mishima USA. His most recent album is The Cynthia Sessions.
This spring he is spending a few months in Beirut writing and teaching a creative writing workshop.