Peter D. Cook spent five years as a U.S. Marine, after finishing high school—serving at U.S. Embassies in Ecuador, Spain, and Haiti. He studied History at American University, in Washington, D.C., after which he became a teacher—and has worked as an educator in the Czech Republic and in Japan— as well as stints on the East and West coasts in America. Cook has a Master’s in Organizational Management, and a PhD in Urban Leadership. Cook is a USC Shoah Foundation Master Teacher graduate, and teaches Economics and Government at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, in Los Angeles. He is currently working on a screenplay for The Denmother with the Writer’s Guild Foundation, where he is a member of their Veterans’ Writing Workshop. Cook is indebted to the United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance, where he works in collaboration with fellow veteran’s on creative projects.