The 11th annual Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading
celebrates Mother's Day at 5 p.m. on Sunday,
May 11, when poet Linda Pastan takes the Shriver Hall stage
on the Homewood campus.
Pastan, a 1998 National Book Award nominee, is the
author of Queen of a Rainy Country (2006),
The Last Uncle (2002), The Imperfect Paradise
(1988), Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems
1968-1998 (1998) and other works. She also has been honored
with a Pushcart Prize, a Dylan Thomas
Award and the 2003 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
Poet Michael Collier has said that Linda Pastan is
"one of America's truly fine poets working at
the height of her powers." And poet May Sarton has said of
Pastan's work, "[Her] poems are full of
foreboding and acceptance, a wry unsentimental acceptance
of hard truth."
The Joshua Ringel Memorial Fund was established in
1998 by the Ringel family in memory of this
former CTY student whose life was tragically cut short in a
motorcycle accident just before his 28th
birthday. The fund supports an annual lecture/reading
dedicated to education, poetry and the
imagination. Past visiting poets include Kenneth Koch,
Robert Pinsky, Grace Paley, John Ashbery,
Sharon Olds and Billy Collins.
A 4:30 p.m. reception precedes the event, with a book
signing immediately after. Books will be
available for purchase. Seats are limited, so to attend,
with your name and
number of seats requested.
For more about the Joshua Ringel Memorial Fund, go to