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Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading

2015 Reading

Vijay Seshadri, recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, presented the 18th Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in the Baltimore Museum of Art Meyerhoff Auditorium. (BMA directions and parking info).

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Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
The Joshua Ringel Memorial Fund
McAuley Hall
5801 Smith Ave, Ste 400
Baltimore, MD 21209

2015 Poet -- Vijay Seshadri

“Seshadri is a son of Frost by way of Ashbery: both the high-frequency channels of consciousness and the jazz of spoken language are audible in these poems.” —The New Yorker

Vijay Seshadri is the author of three collections of poetry, including 3 Sections, which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other collections of poems include the James Laughlin Award-winner The Long Meadow (2004) and Wild Kingdom (1996). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in American Scholar, the Nation, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the Times Book Review, and in many anthologies, including Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets, Contours of the Heart, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, and Best American Poetry

Born in Bangalore, India, in 1954, Seshadri came to America at the age of five. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where his father taught chemistry at Ohio State University, and has lived in many parts of the country, including the Pacific Northwest, where he spent five years working in the fishing and logging industries.  He currently teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

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About Series

The Joshua Ringel Memorial Fund memorializes CTY alumnus Joshua Ringel and his mother, Barbara, supporting a free annual poetry reading in Baltimore for both lovers of poetry, and those who wish to learn to love it as Joshua did.

Josh's teacher, the renowned poet Kenneth Koch, gave the inaugural Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading in 1998.

Since then, many other distinguished poets, including Billy Collins, John Ashbery, Sharon Olds, and Kevin Young, have lent their voices to this remarkable series. A gift by Josh's father, Mel Ringel, in 2004 created an endowment at Johns Hopkins, with a goal of sustaining the Reading in perpetuity.

About Josh

On October 27, 1996, Joshua Ringel died in a motorcycle accident in the beautiful countryside near Madrid. In 1998, Barbara, Mel, and Susannah Ringel established the Joshua Ringel Memorial Readings. On December 3, 2002, at age 66, Barbara died of thyroid cancer. The poetry readings were her dream. Now they are a memorial to her as well as Josh.

Josh was born in Baltimore on December 20, 1968. His early zest for learning language, literature, history, chess, and wrestling, was nurtured during his twelve years at Gilman School. While in middle school, Josh was also a student at the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins.

Except for a semester studying Spanish in Seville, and summers in Baltimore, he lived in Manhattan for most of 1987-1994. He majored in Spanish Language and Literature at Columbia and was fluent in Spanish when he earned his BA in 1992. Josh was proud that Kenneth Koch accepted him as a student of poetry writing. He also studied tap dancing, sang in a gospel singing group and was a DJ of "Blues and Bach" at Columbia's WKCR. Until 1994 he lived in and enjoyed New York by working as a desk attendant at Barnard College. The workers of Local 2110 elected him Shop Steward.

In 1994, Josh moved to Alcobendas, Spain, to teach English to children at the Lambda School. There, too, he did more--dancing at the best clubs in Madrid, running the 1995 Madrid Marathon and motorcycling. Josh's exuberance infected his students. They paid him their ultimate compliment--a trophy labeled, "Al Profe Mas Guay" (Cool).

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For more information on how you can help or be added to the Ringel mailing list, you can email us or call (410) 735-6009.

Contributions and mailing list additions may also be sent directly to:

Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
The Joshua Ringel Memorial Fund
McAuley Hall
5801 Smith Ave, Ste 400
Baltimore, MD 21209