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Aram Saroyan was born in 1943 in New York City and is widely known for his minimalist poetry. He was the recipient of poetry awards in two successive years from the National Endowment for the Arts, including one for his controversial one-word poem, “lighght.” In the late 1960s Random House published two collections of his work, Aram Saroyan, and Pages, and he produced the innovative artist’s books coffee/coffee, Words and Photographs, and cloth: an electric novel. In 2008 Saroyan’s Complete Minimal Poems received the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2015 his work was featured in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India and at the Serpentine Marathon in London. Saroyan’s prose books include Genesis Angels: The Saga of Lew Welch and the Beat Generation (2011); Last Rites (2012), a book about the death of his father, the playwright and short-story writer William Saroyan; Trio: Portrait of an Intimate Friendship (1985); and the true-crime story Rancho Mirage: An American Tragedy of Manners, Madness, and Murder (2011). Saroyan’s detective novel Still Night in L.A. (2015) interweaves narrative and his cell-phone photographs.