Memorial event honors CTY alumnus Joshua Ringel

Gregory OrrGregory Orr will visit Johns Hopkins University April 22 as the featured poet in the 2018 Joshua Ringel Memorial Poetry Reading.  

A master of short, lyric-style free verse, Orr is the author of 11 poetry collections including: How Beautiful The BelovedConcerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved, and River Inside the River, in which, observes The Guardian, Orr “makes explicit the redemptive power of language, and the capacity, often latent in us all, to deal with loss through the creative act.” 

Orr is also a writer of nonfiction and personal essays. His memoir, The Blessing, was selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the 50 best nonfiction books of 2002 and his personal essay, “This I Believe,” was broadcast on National Public Radio in 2006 and included in the 2007 book This I Believe. Much of Orr’s early work concerns seminal events from his childhood, including a hunting accident when he was 12 in which he accidentally shot and killed his younger brother, followed by his mother’s unexpected death, and his father’s drug addiction. In the opening of his essay “The Making of Poems,” he writes, “I believe in poetry as way of surviving the emotional chaos, spiritual confusions, and traumatic events that come with being alive.”

The free reading, now in its 21st year, memorializes Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth alumnus and poetry lover Joshua Ringel. This year’s reading takes place at Hodson Hall on the JHU Homewood Campus at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22.

Orr lives in Charlottesville, Va., where he is a professor of English at the University of Virginia.

Event Details:
Joshua Ringel Memorial Poetry Reading
Featuring poet Gregory Orr
5 p.m. Sunday, April 22

Hodson Hall, JHU Homewood Campus
3400 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218

Photo credit:
Photo above by Matt Valentine/Poet Gregory Orr

Media contact:
Maria Blackburn,, 410-735-6263