R. L. Feliciello was born in Mt. Vernon, New York, grew up in El Sereno, California, on the east side of Los Angeles, and attended university in San Francisco and graduate schools at UCLA and Hunter College in Manhattan. He has worked as a journalist, a publishing executive, an actor, a teacher of English as a second language in Rome, and a clinical social worker at the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Center, as well as private and municipal psychiatric hospitals treating the severely mentally ill. The author is a member of PEN/AMERICA. He lives in New York City.
Timely and absolutely unique, the result of mixing the DNA of Fred Sanford, Authur Rimbaud and Henry Miller. ...worthy of a high place on the literary totem pole. Studded with gems so striking, insightful, and hilarious they can stand with the best of Mark Twain. Jason Rosette, author of 10,000 Miles to Go, writer-director, Bookwars The First Amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech was established for a reason. This book may be it. Seriously comically sexy and biblical at the same time. D.C. Washington is a 21st century Will Rogers. Nicholas Howard, singer-songwriter, God Is in the City This work is genius. 3 American Cranks is one of the most singular and compelling novels I've seen come out of the United States in years, a poignantly original, brave, top-rank book. Once I started this novel I had to struggle to put it down and couldn't help but get right back to it. What was pulling me back was the pleasure of the prose, with plenty an exquisite passage. I was putting check marks beside passages that struck me as particularly eloquent, and some pages were cluttered with checkmarks. The prose, the characters, the daring, all propelled me right up to the breathless ending of D. C. Washington's final speech. When I came to that beautiful final sentence, I had to sit back as if I had come to a sudden halt of an intellectual rollercoaster. The timing, the nuances, the humor, all work together to make one solid comic masterpiece, right there alongside Aristophanes, Rabelais, Swift, and Philip Roth's satiric pieces. There is throughout an outstanding spontaneity, a sparkling freshness that one finds only in the best work. The author has tapped right down to the deepest riches of self and soul and pulled up a shining treasure, tapping into that rareness and beauty within and provided it to the rest of us, the mark of that thing called genius. Lantzey Miller, author of City Limit