Helene Pilibosian (1933-2015) was born in Boston and lived in Watertown, Massachusetts all her life, graduating from Watertown High School and Katharine Gibbs School. She attended evening and summer classes at Harvard University and received an ADA (bachelor equivalent) in humanities in 1960.
Getting married the same year, she traveled with her husband for six months through Europe and to Lebanon and back by ship. Returning to America, she became the first woman writer/editor of The Armenian Mirror Spectator newspaper, later working at the same newspaper as writer/co-editor.
She had many poems published in literary journals such as North American Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, Poetry Salzburg and many others. She won prizes for poems and a first prize from Writer's Digest for At Quarter Past Reality: New and Selected Poems, and an honorable mention from that magazine for History's Twists: The Armenians, which she published through her own micropress Ohan Press (http://www.ohanpress.com).
She received the first prizes Pteranodon Award (NFSPS) and Wind Literary Journal Award (NFSPS) and was placed as finalist in the contests of The Madison Review, Half Tones to Jubilee, The Sandhills Review, and New Letters. Her early poetry has been cited in Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature. She published her book entitled My Literary Profile: A Memoir, which was awarded honorable mention in the 2012 New England Book Festival, and one of her poems placed first in the Lucidity Clarity Contest.
The prose book, They Called Me Mustafa, which she co-wrote and published with her father's information, was honored at a Massachusetts State House commemoration and was licensed by Alexander Street Press for the electronic database North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories.
Two books of her poetry have been published posthumously in 2016, entitled Planet Tome Reborn, and Candor Candy: Global Poems.