Aris Janigian was born in Fresno. He has published in genres as diverse as poetry, social psychology, and architecture criticism. He was a contributing writere for West, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and currently posts for thenervousbreakdown.com. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and from 1993 to 2005 was Senior Professor of humanities at Southern California Institute of Architecture. He lives in Los Angeles, but returns to Fresno seasonally, to pack and ship wine grapes.