Richard currently lives in Missoula, Montana. Originally from Troy, he earned degrees from the University of Montana and Sarah Lawrence College. A former social worker, his first book, The Flood Girls, was published in 2016.
His background in social work and art have compelled him to volunteer in his community as a teacher and advocate for women, and he has spearheaded projects focused on welfare and education.
In 2018, he edited an anthology entitled We Leave the Flowers Where They Are, as a fundraiser for arts advocacy programs for women in underserved areas.
In 2020, his latest book, The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton, was released, and the subject matter steered his social activism toward empowering young women in rural Montana.
He spends his free time designing clothing and interiors, and will not stop until the world is covered in rhinestones.