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Rick Charles Mueller

Rick Charles Mueller was born in Brooklyn and has been living with HIV since 1983. As a writer and actor he has used his talents since the nineties to help those living with life challenging illness find contentment and joy - exactly as he has lived since AIDS.

Traveling all around the world on a bicycle, he has experienced a vast diversity of cultures that have influenced his writing and spirituality. In his travels, he has served as a spokesperson for positive living with HIV.

Rick has written six novels: Face of Man, The Voice, Spirit of Death, Brush and Hammer, Reverse Polarity (Surviving New York Then and Now) and Angel Without a Face. He has also written adventure articles and is an award winning poet. Beginning in March of 2009, he will be reading his poetry monthly on Public Access television.

In 2007, he founded Pride Not Prejudice, part of the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee (QLGPC), and began presenting in NYC public school. He wrote its current two plays, An Ordinary Kid and A Message from Rhonda, and is currently outlining a new one called Three of a Kind.

In 2008 he completed the play Whispering Difference which has been optioned and will be appearing off-Broadway in 2010. He is also completing another full length play based on his novel Reverse Polarity entitled Surviving New York Then and Now.

Education
Graduate of Erasmus Hall High School (1972)
HB Studios (1972-1975) Acting, voice and speech
New School - Playwriting (2003)
Department of Health - HIV training (2007, 2008)

Employment
Acting/modeling (1972-1979)
Fishing (Alaska) (1980)
Lehman Brothers - Broker - (1980-1987)
Fiscal Officer, ED for various not-for Profits (1988-2006):
Boys Town of Italy, Harlem United, MTS, DWA Famm
FMA, not-for-profit fiscal consultant (2001-2006)

Skills
Computer
Photography
Water colors
Poet

Accomplishments
Founder Queens Rainbow youth center – Generation Q

Volunteer
Gay men’s Clinic – STD testing (1974-76)
Manhattan Center of Living HIV intake counselor (1990-1994)
Manhattan Center of Living Buddy (1992-1996)
PWAC - Body Positive - AIDS Educator - spokesperson (1995-2000)
QLGPC - Fiscal, grant manager, HIV education (2001 – present)

Awards
NYS poet select (2005)
Chicago University – Writer recognition (2004)
Citizen of the year – Queens (2004)
NY1 NYer of the Week February (2008)