The work of John Paul Carillo involves the worlds of rock’n’roll, Hollywood, the college classroom, and the politics of down-and-out America. His dark comedies embrace themes of excess, redemption, and of absurd men yelling at each other.


John in Baltimore: he isn’t as grumpy as this photo may suggest. He was hoping for a bit part in Goodfellas.

Originally from New York, John received an MA in fiction at CUNY, Queens College, and here finished his first book length manuscript, the novel DIRT BAG CITY; excerpts have been serialized at poet Paul Agostino’s Headlock Press. John then moved to Baltimore, where he completed his MFA in fiction at The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University. Here, with friend and former colleague Brian Platzer, he began to write screenplays as well as prose. Nominated for Best New American Voices 2010 by Alice McDermott, John then turned the story, “Little Hellhounds,” into THE NAMELESS, a novella. “Little Hellhounds” has also been translated into French and published in the anthology Le Livre Des Felures (The Book of Cracks) by 13E Note Editions of Paris.

His current project is REAL AMERICAN PEOPLE, the book he is currently shopping, a novel which asks the questions, Who handed the country to our current leadership, and why? Through black comedy and the absurd events of recent American history, REAL AMERICAN PEOPLE provides answers.

Other projects include: “America Is Not the Future”, a story published at Vol. 1 Brooklyn; “Chainsaw”, a story published at Oblong; Erik Erikson, a collaborative screenplay with Mr. Platzer; A Nightmare in Sparkling Gray, a screenplay adapted from John’s own story of the same name; and Manifesto on the Ledge, a theater work with composer Anna Meadors, which was premiered by NYC new music ensemble Rhymes With Opera in May 2015, and is currently being expanded for 2019 production at the University of North Carolina.