Richard Vetere is a playwright, novelist, film and TV writer, poet, actor, director and producer. His most recent published novels include The Writers Afterlife (2014) and Champagne and Cocaine (2016), both released by Three Rooms Press. Vetere was given a grant by the Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum to write, direct and produce the award-winning documentary Where Are We Now? The Italian American Today. His plays Caravaggio, Gangster Apparel, Machiavelli, Lady Macbeth and Her Lover and One Shot, One Kill have been produced off-Broadway and in Chicago and London. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America East and was elected in 2012 to the council for a two-year term. Vetere won the Golden Palm Award for his screenplay adaptation of Caravaggio at the 21st Anniversary Edition of the Beverly Hills Film Festival. In 2020, his novel I, Human won a Whodunit Award from Absolutely Amazing eBooks and was subsequently published in 2021. His newest book, Live Fast, Die Young & Leave a Good Lookin' Corpse: my memories of the 1970s, was also published in 2021 by J. T. Colby & Company, Inc., in association with Absolutely Amazing eBooks. Vetere has a master’s degree in comparative English literature from Columbia University.