A native of southern California, Alan Kishbaugh is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
For twenty years, he represented New York publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux as their manager of western operations where he was responsible for marketing, publicity, author liaison, and manuscript development.
He has held positions as Trustee and Executive Director of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America, as a mayoral campaign coordinator for California State Senator Tom Hayden, and as President of the Los Angeles Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations.
He serves on the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee, a California State Agency, and as Chair of the Mulholland Scenic Design Review Board of the Planning Department of the City of Los Angeles.
He has written for television and documentary films, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. A collection of forty of his newsletters on civics and environmental issues is preserved in the Special Collections Department of the Young Library at UCLA.
He has been honored for his “wise and visionary stewardship of our natural parklands” and has been called “a hero of the hillsides” for his environmental and community work by the City and County of Los Angeles and the State of California.
The University of New Mexico Press published Deep Waters, his literary memoir of his thirty-year friendship with southwestern writer, Frank Waters, in April 2017.
He is currently working on an autobiographical book about growing up in the west.