Vincent Riccardi’s Contemplative Poetry Collection Will Be Exhibited at the 2023 L.A. Times Festival of Books

As a medical professional, Vincent Riccardi has immersed himself in the world of science and hard facts for most of his life. But for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023, hell be sharing something completely different: poetry. His book, Reality: Truth, Words and Love, shares the feelings and musings he had experienced that ran counter to the prevailing scientism all around him.

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The most important reality had its origin in relationships between two people.

Vincent Riccardi has spent much of his life in the scientific field, particularly healthcare and genetic research. However, he will be sharing something else at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, which will be held on April 22-23, 2023, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

His book Reality: Truth, Words and Love is a compilation of poems that he had worked on since his medical school days. To him, the culture and curriculum of his entire career were steeped in a narrow focus on hard facts and figures. It contrasted greatly with other facets of the human experience that he simply couldnt ignore. This was further compounded by his strong attachment to the linguistic philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

As a result, Riccardi produced an extensive collection of poetry that he had worked on while advancing himself in the sciences. And despite going so far as to establish a tumor research institute and then directing a medical laboratory, he did not let up on his writing. In fact, the fateful encounter with his wife, Susan, only strengthened the convictions he was expressing in his verses.

For him, the most important reality was born from human relationships.

Many of the poems in his new book reflect on this theme in variations and extensions. Some describe scientific understanding as simplified acronyms for greater human sensations and drives. Others play with juxtapositions using the concepts of the erudite, mundane, facts, and emotions. Either way, Riccardi hopes his work will provide a new perspective on the life that is the reality for us in the twenty-first century.

Reality: Truth, Words and Love by Vincent M. Riccardi will be displayed at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books by self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at their exhibit at booth #225. Make sure to visit the exhibit and purchase a copy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the authors website at

Reality: Truth, Words and Love
Author | Vincent M. Riccardi
Published date | August 2022
Publisher | Xlibris
Genre | Poetry

Author Bio
Vincent Riccardi was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. In late 1947, his family moved to Southern California. He went to UCLA, and had a very strong attachment to the linguistic philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. He graduated in Georgetown University Medical School on June 6, 1966. He did his internship and residency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he met his wife, Susan (an element of many of the poems), a nurse. They met in February 1967 and were married in July 1967. His genetics fellowship was at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Hospital. He was a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1970 and 1971. His academic faculty career took him to Denver, Milwaukee and Houston. In Houston in 1981, he founded and directed The Neurofibromatosis Institute. In June 1990, they moved to La Crescenta, California, and he was the director of a chromosome analysis laboratory. At the end of his contract, he obtained an MBA and founded American Medical Consumers. He gave up his medical license in 2015. Vincent started writing these poems in medical school and continued composing them at present.

Vincent M. Riccardi’s Poetry Book Will Be at the NYLA 2022 Annual Conference and Trade Show, and ReadersMagnet Book Confab

Vincent M. Riccardi’s words will take its readers on a poetic journey of rediscovering truth and beauty.

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Vincent M. Riccardi’s poetry book will be at the ReadersMagnet Book Confab and NYLA 2022 Annual Conference and Trade Show.

ReadersMagnet will feature the poetry book “Reality: Truth, Words, and Love” by Vincent M. Riccardi at the ReadersMagnet Book Confab on October 28 – 30, 2022, at Tribeca, NY, and New York Library Association 2022 Annual Conference and Trade Show on November 3 – 4, 2022, at Saratoga Springs, NY.

“Reality: Truth, Words, and Love” builds on the lifelong sensibilities of its author Dr. Vincent M. Riccardi. The book acts as a revelation on how modern people unmask the spiral concept manifested by reality as truth’s purpose. From looking back and inwards to the eternal verities shared in clandestine and overt circumstances, Riccardi’s mélange of poetry delves into the unexpected ways humans experience love, among other intimate emotions. Riccardi’s exquisite words eloquently capture the essence of time as an omnipresent element of truth, words, and love.

Riccardi’s 125 poems in his poetry book offer a panoramic view into the universal experience of all those who loved, longed, reminisced, and embraced the cracks of the mortal coil. For the readers to seize the profoundly evocative and moving themes in Riccardi’s poems, they should be sensitive to both the unspoken and spoken allusions to time.

Ultimately, “Reality: Truth, Words, and Love” is a prism that refracts the different hues of life that is the reality for a modern person. It is evident in the profound and revelatory manner Riccardi juxtaposes the elements of truth. The book is for anyone who wants to understand life’s beauty amid its impermanence.

Poetry lovers may get a copy of “Reality: Truth, Words, and Love” by Vincent M. Riccardi. Now available on Amazon.

“Reality: Truth, Words and Love”

Author | Vincent M. Riccardi

Genre | Poetry Book

Publisher | Xlibris

Published date | August 11, 2022

Learn more about the poet by visiting his website:


Vincent M. Riccardi, M.D is a clinician, scientist, teacher, and poet. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940 and moved to Southern California with his family in 1947. Dr. Riccardi graduated from Georgetown University Medical School on June 6, 1966. He did his genetics fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Hospital. From 1970 to 1971, he served as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

In 2015, Dr. Riccardi stopped his medical practice. He had begun writing poems while still in medical school, through to today. Throughout, he had a strong attachment to Ludwig Wittgenstein, the linguistic philosopher.

Dr. Riccardi is the founder of The Neurofibromatosis Institute. His extensive work and studies on neurofibromatosis (NF) helped countless NF patients and inspired several NF clinical research strategies. He has more than 250 publications, including books about NF, genetics, and communication.