Bradley Paul was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1972. His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review,Smartish Pace, Fence, Pleiades, Iowa Review, and numerous other journals. In 2004 his first book of poetry, The Obvious, was selected by Brenda Hillman for the New Issues Poetry Prize. His second book, The Animals All Are Gathering, won AWP'S Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, and was published in 2010 by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Paul taught a variety of film, literature and writing classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Towson University before relocating to Los Angeles with his wife, the painter and writer Karri Paul. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, he currently writes for television, with recent credits including Better Call Saul, Lodge 49, and Hawaii Five-0.