Vincent J. Tomeo

Author of the month

Vincent J. Tomeo

Author of “My Cemetery Friends: A Garden of Encounters at Mount Saint Mary in Queens, New York” and “The Usefulness of Hippopotamus: A Humorous Chapbook for Trying Times”

About the Author:

Vincent J. Tomeo, a native of Corona, Queens, NYC, has spent his life immersed in the rich cultural diversity of this vibrant urban area. As a dedicated poet, he has recited his works across the United States and internationally in countries like South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Italy, Tanzania, Kenya, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Germany, and France.

His notable achievements include the publication of his book “My Cemetery Friends: A Garden of Encounters at Mount Saint Mary in Queens, New York” on June 2, 2020, winning Honorable Mention in the Rainer Maria Rilke International Poetry Competition, and having his poem “A View from a Tower in Calabria, Italy” sculpted into marble in Italy. This remarkable honor is covered in the Times Ledger article “Flushing poet honored in Italy. Immortal Words, poem sculpted into marble, March 24–30, 2017”. 

With numerous publications both domestically and internationally, Tomeo received the Best Overall Free Verse award from the United Poets Laureate International World Brotherhood and Peace Through Poetry, World Congress of Poets in Bangkok, Thailand, for his poem “I Visited the Grave of Marine Michael D. Glover” in July of 2018. His poem “Idaho” is uniquely honored, framed, and displayed at the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho.

 

In 2021, two of Vincent’s poems, “Belleau Wood 2020” and “Remembering A Corona Marine, US Marine, Private William Frederick Moore”, were chosen to be distributed and read in schools as part of the Aisne-Marne (WWI) Cemetery Project in Rue des Chevaliers Colomb, 02400 Belleau, France. 

He is the author of “My Cemetery Friends: A Garden of Encounters at Mount Saint Mary in Queens, New York”, a work celebrating life in a garden setting, and “The Usefulness of Hippopotamus: A Humorous Chapbook for Trying Times”, which showcases his belief in the healing power of humor.

About the Book:

My Cemetery Friends: A Garden of Encounters at Mount Saint Mary in Queens, New York

“My Cemetery Friends: A Garden of Encounters at Mount Saint Mary in Queens, New York” offers a timeless journey through the garden pathways of life, guided by renowned author and poet Vincent J. Tomeo. This evocative book invites readers to explore alongside Tomeo, encountering fellow travelers and forging new connections that can profoundly shape their journey. Celebrating the essence of life, this book illustrates the concept of six degrees of separation, showcasing how a single meeting can lead to a cascade of unique experiences.

In this heartfelt tribute, the book honors families, friends, military personnel, the forgotten, and the unnamed, singing their praises while embracing life, nature, humanity, and compassion in the quest for peace. As readers stroll through a living museum along cemetery trails, they will uncover often-overlooked beauty and gain new insights into the world around them. 

The Usefulness of Hippopotamus: A Humorous Chapbook for Trying Times

Drawing from personal experiences, including a battle with bladder cancer during the pandemic, Vincent Tomeo emphasizes the importance of humor during difficult periods in his book, “The Usefulness of Hippopotamus: A Humorous Chapbook for Trying Times”

Inspired by the whimsical imagery of a dancing hippopotamus in Disney’s Fantasia, the chapbook comprises a series of poems that delve into the profound significance of humor in alleviating both mental and physical distress. The book advocates for the therapeutic potency of laughter, illuminating its capacity to bring light to even the darkest of times.