Dean Kuipers is an author, journalist and editor with longstanding interests in ecology, music and good writing about anything at all. He is the author of the 2009 nonfiction book, Operation Bite Back, which is the story of eco-radical Rod Coronado and the use of domestic terrorism charges against U.S. environmental activists. His book Burning Rainbow Farm, about the 2001 FBI shooting of two libertarian pot activists on a farm in Michigan, was selected as a 2007 Michigan Notable Book. At the Los Angeles Times, he concurrently edited the paper’s Nightlife coverage and the environmental blog, Greenspace.
Kuipers has collaborated on many projects with artist Doug Aitken, contributing essays most recently to his ongoing Station to Station project. The pair co-authored the 2000 book, I Am A Bullet, a journalistic take on the acceleration of global culture. As a former editor at Spin and Raygun magazines, Kuipers wrote extensively on radical movements and rock’n’roll, with cover stories on David Bowie, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Smashing Pumpkins, Cypress Hill, the Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson and many others. As author and editor of the 1997 graphics/pop culture book, Ray Gun Out Of Control, he worked with contributors Bowie, REM’s Michael Stipe, cyberpunk writer William Gibson and the world’s foremost graphic designers. His work has also appeared in Playboy, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, Orion, Interview, Travel & Leisure, Outside, LA Weekly, and other publications.
Kuipers has written on several short films including “True Guardians of the Earth,” a Warner Bros. documentary about endangered owls, and films by Aitken, Gilly Barnes and other directors. His fiction has been published in anthologies including Signs of Life and the Black Ice Anthology. He grew up in Mattawan, Michigan, graduated from Kalamazoo College, and now lives in Los Angeles.