COSSOLOTTO, Matthew. American, b. 1953. Genres: Plays/Screenplays, Communications/Media, Self help, Technology. Career: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, legislative assistant to Congressman Leon E. Panetta, 1977-81, special assistant to Speaker James C. Wright, Jr., 1983-88; served in the Peace Corps, Sierra Leone, West Africa, 1981-82; MCI Communications Corp., Washington, DC, senior manager of the Corporate Communications Department and speechwriter for William G. McGowan, 1988-92; PepsiCo Foods & Beverages International, Somers, NY, director of communications, 1992-95; GTE Corp., Stamford, CT, director of communications, 1995-96; Ovations International, Inc., Yorktown Heights, NY, founder and president, 1996-. President and board chair of the Center for Voting and Democracy, 1992-96. Has appeared on television and radio news programs. Publications: NONFICTION: Almanac of Transatlantic Politics, 1991; Almanac of European Politics: 1995, 1995; (cont.) Vital Speeches of the Day, 1996. Contributor to periodicals.