Two new books about famed Armenian poet Vahan Tekeyan (1878-1945) will be presented as the second installment of the Armenian Studies Fall Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business Building, Room 191) at Fresno State.

Presented by the Armenian Studies Program, the free, public lecture is co-sponsored by the Tekeyan Cultural Association of Fresno. The lecture series is supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

Author and literary critic Edmond Azadian, editor of the newly released “Vahan Tekeyan: Selected Poems,” will speak about the significance of the volume.

“Vahan Tekeyan” was published as Volume 5 in the Armenian Series, and edited by Fresno State Armenian Studies Professor Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian. The Armenian Series is part of The Press at Fresno State.

At Friday’s presentation, Tamar Hovhannisyan of Carmel will discuss a second book, “Vahan Tekeyan-Hadendir” (in Armenian), also edited by Azadian.

Dr. Arpi Sarafian of California State University, Los Angeles will speak about Tekeyan’s poetry.

Azadian has had a long career in journalism, serving as editor of Arev newspaper in Cairo and working with the Baikar Armenian Daily and the Armenian Mirror-Spectator. From 1972-2010, he served as director of the Armenian Affairs Department at the Alex and Marie Manoogian Foundation in Detroit. He is the author of numerous books, including “History on the Move” and “Portraits and Profiles.”

Parking, which is free after 4 p.m. on Fridays, is available in Lots P5 and P6 east of the University Business Center.

For more information about the lecture, call 559.278.2669 or visit