One of his recent works, a book of poetry titled The Other Colors in a Snow Storm, released by Bordighera Press, is just one of the many things he’s been up to in the past several years. Currently working as a professor teaching screenwriting fundamentals at Queens College, Vetere’s love for writing and producing came long ago.
Remembering his academic career in grammar school at St. Stanislaus Kostka School, Vetere said his first crush inspired him to write poetry. “She was beautiful and I was a nerd,” he said.
After finding out that she had a boyfriend in Vietnam, Vetere said he wrote a poem in the hopes of winning her heart.
“After that, it just stuck,” Vetere said, who’s made a career out of writing and producing. “I don’t know how it happens, but I never seem to get writer’s block.”
Vetere has produced several plays off-Broadway, regionally and internationally, such as The Engagement, Coupla Bimbos Sittin’ Around Apparel, Caravaiggo, Machiavelli, and One Shot, One Kill, all of which have been published by Dramatic Publishing.
He will be hosting a storytelling event on Monday, Oct. 1, at 103 East 15th Street. The bar at the event will open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are free, but guests should RSVP due to limited seating.
Vetere said the event will feature three different acts in which he wears multiple colored fedoras to help distinguish various points in his life, including his beginnings as a writer, growing up in New York City as an Italian American, and his love life.
“I’ve been rehearsing today, and I just have to cut it down,” he said.
Vetere said he is hoping with some interest, his storytelling event could become a monthly or even weekly performance.
“I have a lot of stories to tell.”
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To see more of Vetere's work, visit his Wikipedia page at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Vetere