From Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

Who Is Irene Dunlap?

Irene Dunlap, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, began her writing career in elementary school when she discovered her love for creating poetry, a passion she believes she inherited from her paternal grandmother. She expressed her love for words through writing fictional short stories, lyrics, as a participant in speech competitions and eventually as a vocalist.

During her college years, Irene traveled around the world as a student of the Semester at Sea program aboard a ship that served as a classroom, as well as home base, for more than five hundred college students. After earning a bachelor of arts degree in communications, she became the media director of Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. She went on to co-own an advertising and public relations agency that specialized in entertainment and health-care clients.

While working on Chicken Soup books, which she absolutely loves, Irene stays involved with her children’s music, theater and sports activities, carries on a successful jazz singing career and continues to be an active member of her church’s music team.

Irene lives in Newport Beach, California, with her husband Kent, daughter Marleigh, son Weston and Australian shepherd, Gracie. In her spare time, Irene enjoys horseback riding, painting, gardening and cooking. If you are wondering how she does it all, she will refer you to her favorite bible passage for her answer: Ephesians 3:20.

If you would like to contact Irene, write to her at:

Irene Dunlap
P.O. Box 10879
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone: 949-645-5240
Fax: 949-645-3203
e-mail: [email protected]
www.chickensoup.com or

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