Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleño who still lives in Los Ángeles. It was in the novels, short stories and essays of Susan Straight and Francesca Lia Block where he first discovered the importance of the literature of place, setting him on the path to write about his own place, LÁ. He explores and captures those stories that are hidden in plain sight.
Dunlap is the author of Concrete Paradise (Finishing Line Press, 2018). He’s also created and run the workshop “Los Angeles: Your City,” and its sister workshop “Your Place” to encourage people to write their own L.Á. stories and their own place, at such venues as 826LA, the Hammer Museum, Mt. San Antonio College’s annual literary and arts weekend Culturama and the 1888Center in Orange, CA. He’s also mentored young writers at the literary and arts nonprofit DSTLArts and Fresno State’s Young Writers Conference.
He’s the winner of the 2018 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize from december magazine judged by former Los Ángeles Poet Laurate Luis J. Rodriguez. His poems, book reviews and nonfiction have been published in PacificREVIEW, California Quarterly, Lit Pub, L.A. Parent, and the anthology Reimagine America (Vagabond, 2022), among others. He runs the blog site www.losangelesliterature.wordpress.com, a resource to explore L.A.’s vast literary culture.