Dan Taulapapa McMullin's performance poemThe Bat and other early works earned him a 1997 Poets&Writers Award from The Loft. His film Sinalela received the 2002 Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Best Short Film Award. His 2004 illustrated poetry chapbookA Drag Queen Named Pipi was published by Tinfish Press of Honolulu. He is currently developing a film project Shark in the Woods with producer-director Merata Mita. He recently completed a book of short stories The Only Paradise is Paradise Lost, for Hawai'i-Aotearoa co-publication in 2007. He recently exhibited paintings in June/July at The Center Gallery in San Francisco. Both his parents are Samoan from American Samoa, his paternal grandfather came from a Jewish Irish family of Dublin. D.T.M. grew up in Japan, Germany, California, Hawai'i and American Samoa. While mostly living in Apia, Samoa, he currently resides in the hills of Laguna, California.