Mike Harutunian is very proud of having earned his AA degree at College of the Canyons. He went on to receive BA’s in History and English at CSUN along with an MA in English. He grew up in Castaic where his family owned one of the oldest restaurants in the Santa Clarita Valley. He has been teaching English since 1994. He also led tours of Los Angeles landmarks for Community Education at College of the Canyons. He has traveled extensively and was involved in panel discussions on the Armenian Diaspora at 100 years post genocide along with lectures on John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath for the City of Commerce. His interests include literary theory, pop-culture, and local history. He lives in Saugus with his two daughters and dog.