CHRISTOPHER MARDIROUSSIAN received his MA in Rhetoric and Composition from California State University, Long Beach. In 2019, he won First Prize in the Cinema Italian Style Film Festival (sponsored by the prestigious American Cinematheque in Los Angeles) for his short film entitled IL BREAKUP, which he co-wrote and produced. In 2017, he co-wrote a collection of poetry entitled HONESTY LOVES CRUELTY. He has also worked on several independent films such as Friends in High Places (2021), nominated for Mexico City’s International Film Festival, The First Color (2020), won the Disability Issues Award, and The Ties that Bind Us (2019), won the Gold Award for Independent Shorts. His work has appeared in Bloom Magazine, BOMBFIRE, Ice Lolly Review, Mathorn Magazine, Perfumed Pages, Pomona Valley Review, Soul Talk Magazine, and elsewhere.

His poetry and prose offer a vivid array of stories that have biting, outrageous voices which invite readers to dive in head-first into their wild and sensual antics. These works take readers through the many bittersweet trials and tribulations of life by offering an eclectic mix of sounds, images, and voices in a meditative, funky introspective way. All combine the comedic timing of Hunter S. Thompson, the sharp dialogue of David Mamet, and the brutal realism of Charles Bukowski.  

Currently, he is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach. At CSU Long Beach, he teaches Freshman Composition, Technical Writing, and Business Communication. His most recent book is a full-length collection of poetry entitled BLUNDER DOWN UNDER, which Chasing Shadows Magazine called, “A stark and raw style of writing that clearly constitutes the life of a typical miscreant.”

He lives in Glendale, CA



February 2021

Hall of Fame

July 2020

Meet Christopher Mardiroussian

October 2019

Art & Life with Chris M.