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Ralph Pezzullo

New York, New York, United States

Ralph Pezzullo is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and copywriter. He is also a published author and poet.
Born in New York City, he grew up in Mexico, Vietnam, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay and Nicaragua. After receiving a Master's Degree in international affairs he was employed as a correspondent for Associated Press covering assignments in Latin America and the Caribbean.
He has written for television — Miami Vice, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, MAD-TV and HBO — and is the author of original screenplays for directors Leon Ichazo (An Unacceptable Person), Dan Weeks (One Day on Earth) and Charles Loventhal (Valentine’s Day). His screenplay, The Tail of the Tiger, won a Writer’s Guild East Foundation Fellowship in 1988. Another screenplay, Flashback (co-written with Stephen Fife) was named Best Screenplay at the 2000 New York Independent Film & Video Festival. His series of radio dramas, The Life and Times of the Swamp Fox, was funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities, broadcast on PBS and the BBC and nominated for a Peabody Award.
In 1994, University of Pittsburgh Press published his nonfiction book, At the Fall of Somoza, which was called "a fascinating and excellent diplomatic history" by Booklist, "a rattling good read" by the Baltimore Sun and "a fascinating and hard-hitting narrative" by Foreign Affairs. A second non-fiction book, The Leap Into Haiti, will be published in 2004 by ASDT/University Press of Florida. His novel, The Resurrection of Thomas Lear, was a semi-finalist in 1999 for the Faulkner Prize for Fiction. Another novel The Testimony of Miguel was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize in 2000.
His plays Dear Friends, On That Day, Eating the Shadow, The Education of One Miss February, From Behind the Moon, Ghosts in the Dining Room, Bad Moon Rising, Gauguin’s Parrot, Asylum, Hide Mother in My Heart, Spain and Okeechobee Split have all been produced in New York City. He ahas also had plays presented in Mexico City, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Seattle and other cities across the US. His plays have been called "shrewd," "hilarious," "powerful," and "exhilarating" by the Village Voice. In 1986, his play Tail of the Tiger was honored by the Kesselring Committee of the National Arts Club. Walk in Your Soul was a finalists in Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati's New Play Festival. Wilderness of Mirrors was a Winner of the 1994 Center Theater International Play Contest and was produced at Theater for the New City in March 1996. Since 1996 he has been the recipient of six Jerome Foundation playwriting fellowships.
He has written articles for The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Connoisseur, GQ, Sports, Men’s Health, New Woman, USA Weekend, The Miami Herald, and other publications. His poetry and short stories have been published in Visions, American Writing, Slant, Poet's Sanctuary, Green Fuse, Poetry Motel, Blue Light, Red Light, Fresh Ground, Ubiquitous Mongrel, Mañana, Dan River Anthology and others.
He is also the recipient of several awards for writing advertising copy, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild, Author’s League of America, Mystery Writer’s Association, Art Student’s League; and is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
He is married to Jessica Crystal, has four children and lives in Manhattan.

Interests: History, sports, current affairs, music, literature, fine art, foreign cultures, theater, poetry

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Eve Missing
  • Nonfiction

  • At the Fall of Somoza