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FIRSTBORN By SHUSHAN AVAGYAN I was six weeks old getting comfortable in my mother's womb warm and welcomed wasn't sure about my sex -- when my father in a council with himself decided to name me Shumavon :: My firstborn is a son no question about it he declared proudly stroking his black moustache. I turned mind disturbed how inconvenient! Then curling my yet-to-be-developed lips into a smile I turned out to be a nonconformist -- precisely -- a very vociferous girl -- Shushan Avagyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She is currently working on her master's degree in English Literature, and is a recipient of the Dalkey Archive Press fellowship at the Illinois State University.