Isabel Galupo is a queer, part-Filipina, Jewish woman with three moms and a dad (yeah, you read that right). After being an only child for 10 years, Isabel found herself an overnight oldest kid with four younger sisters; this made her really good at changing diapers, but also at observing, adapting, and - at times - escaping into genre fiction. It only makes sense, then, that she grew up to be a writer, constantly drawing on her unusual family dynamic and intersecting identities to tell stories at the knife's edge of painful insight and bizarre heart.
Isabel graduated from Ithaca College as a Park Scholar with a B.S. in screenwriting and a minor in sociology, and participated in the Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices in 2015. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
Isabel is an Emmy-nominated TV writer who was most recently staffed on TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK for Nickelodeon Animation and Hasbro. Previously, she was Staffed on WB Animation's LITTLE ELLEN, produced for HBO Max.
Isabel has freelanced for Netflix's RIDLEY JONES and WE LOST OUR HUMAN, Mattel's BARBIE: IT TAKES TWO, Amazon's CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, Nickelodeon's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and THE CASAGRANDES, as well as for a handful of forthcoming shows for PBS and Apple TV+.
More About Isabel
Her favorite books are:
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender; The Mothers by Brit Bennet; America is not the Heart by Elaine Castillo; Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Her favorite TV shows are:
She is passionate about LGBTQIA representation in children's and YA media:
Search Party, Yellowjackets, Superstore, Fleabag, Twin Peaks, Quantum Leap, Gravity Falls, and Veronica Mars
As a bisexual woman who grew up with two Moms, Isabel aspires to write the kinds of stories she wishes were available to her as a child -- stories that showcase the beauty of queer love and families.
She actually has three Moms and a Dad:
And she's grateful to all four of her parents for encouraging her passion for writing from a young age.
She has four younger sisters:
Their names are Olivia, Maya, Ryley, and Lucia, and she loves them more than anything in the world.
Someday she'd like to live in:
A house near the beach in coastal Chile, or a chic apartment in the middle of Paris, or a farmhouse in the rolling hills of Tuscany, or...
Photos by Maya Washington