Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading

The Joshua Ringel Memorial Fund honors CTY (Center for Talented Youth) alumnus and avid poetry lover Joshua Ringel and his parents, Mel and Barbara. The fund supports the arts in Baltimore by bringing a distinguished poet to the city each year for a free public poetry reading.

Josh's teacher, the renowned poet Kenneth Koch, gave the inaugural Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading in 1998. Since then, many other distinguished poets including Natasha Tretheway, Billy Collins, John Ashbery, Sharon Olds, and Kevin Young have lent their voices to this remarkable series. A gift from Josh's father in 2004 created an endowment at Johns Hopkins, with a goal of sustaining the reading in perpetuity.

Learn more about Joshua Ringel and how to support the fund.

2022 Featured Poet: Naomi Shihab Nye

Prolific poet and writing professor Naomi Shihab Nye was named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2019. Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, she grew up in St. Louis, Missouri; Jerusalem; and San Antonio, Texas. Her writing draws on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her travels in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East to attest to our shared humanity. She is the author of several poetry collections including "Red Suitcase," "Fuel," "You & Yours," and "Famous."

Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow, a Library of Congress honor. Her accolades include the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, and "The Betty Prize," as well as numerous honors for her children’s literature. Her work has been featured on NPR’s "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Writer’s Almanac," and on PBS poetry specials including "The Language of Life with Bill Moyers." She has been poetry editor at The Texas Observer for 20 years and teaches poetry and creative writing at Texas State University.

Event Details

Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading with Naomi Shihab Nye
Sunday, April 24, 2022, 5 p.m.
Baltimore Museum of Art Auditorium
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

Registration optional. This event is free and open to the public.

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