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 Naomi Shihab Nye, 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.
2023 Featured Poet: Terrance Hayes
Terrance Hayes is the author of seven poetry collections: So to Speak; American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, a finalist for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and TS Eliot Prize; How to Be Drawn; Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series, and Wind in a Box. His prose collection, To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. Hayes has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and Whiting Foundation, and is a professor of English at New York University.
Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading with Terrance Hayes
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 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.