Mao Markaryan was born in Shoulaver, Georgia,
now called Shaumian. She graduated from the Philological Institute at Yerevan
State University and did graduate work in Moscow. She and Kapoutikyan are the
two main women poets in Armenia.
Her work is lucid and lyrical and frequently
deals with social problems. She uses homey images for larger issues. Her many
published works include Poems (1945), The Mother's Voice (1950), Lyric Dawn
(1957), After the Snow's Thaw (1965), and From the Depth of the Deep Days