Hrag Vartanian was born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Toronto, Canada, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a writer, critic and designer who regularly contributes to The Brooklyn Rail, AGBU Magazine, Ararat Quarterly, Boldtype and other publications. Director of Communications at AGBU, the world's largest Armenian non-profit organization, he also a board member of Ararat Quarterly and volunteers his time to several non-profits and charities.
"An Imaginary Armenian Canadian Homeland: Gariné Torossian’s Dialogue with Egoyan" from Image and Territory: Essays on Atom Egoyan edited by Monique Tschofen and Jennifer Burwell (Waterloo, ON: Wildred Laurier University Press, 2006).
"Schwierige Wahrheiten: Die Schriftstellerin Nancy Kricorian (The Will to Resist: A Portrait of Nancy Kricorian)," in Porträt einer Hoffnung Die Armenier edited by Huberta von Voss (Verlag Hans Schiller, 2004). English edition forthcoming.
"New York Life Recognizes Genocide Era Insurance Claims," AGBU Magazine (April 2004).
"Nazi Style Wars," The Brooklyn Rail (October 2003).
"Curating on the Margins," The Brooklyn Rail (Winter 2003).
"Artist Biographies," The Clement Greenberg Collection (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 2001).
"Chine Drive: An Arts & Crafts Community," in The Stuff Dreams are Made of: The Art and Design of Frederick and Louise Coates (Toronto: University of Toronto, 1997).