Max Ritvo Memorial Fund
Max Ritvo was a beloved member of our Writing Program and community—one who upheld not only all the virtues we hold dear as writers, such as integrity of artistic vision and commitment to hard work, but also those we hold dear as humans, including generosity of spirit ethical sensitivity, profound empathy and supernatural kindness. Max passed away in August 2016.
Columbia University School of the Arts is working to raise support for poetry students in Max’s honor and memory.
With the publication of Max’s magnificent Four Reincarnations, readers across the country are coming to know the imaginative force, linguistic play, boundless wisdom, and unconquerable sense of humor that we will forever associate with Max. And it is with this spirit in mind that we seek to raise support for future members of the poetry community at Columbia. We will use the resources gathered by this campaign to award funding to Poetry students in need who exhibit some of Max's greatest traits as well as to enrich the experience of students through annual events and visiting poets.
The funds raised through this crowdfunding effort will directly support students in poetry. This effort is in addition to the generous gift by The Alan B. Slifka Foundation to establish The Max Ritvo Fellowship Endowment and Max Ritvo Poetry Series Endowment at Columbia University.
For more information, please reach out to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-854-4849
Max Ritvo (1990-2016)
Max Ritvo’s début collection, Four Reincarnations, was published by Milkweed Editions shortly after his death on August 23, 2016. Appearing on many of that year’s best books lists, the volume was hailed by Esquire as “bursting with life, absurdity, and wisdom” and by the New York Times Book Review as “Good-humored, appealingly sly, and surprisingly whimsical.” Helen Vendler, reviewing it for Poetry, wrote of Ritvo that “Although he is inimitable, his example is there for young poets wanting to forsake simple transcriptive dailiness for the wilder country of the afflicted but dancing body and the devastated but joking mind.” Next year, Milkweed will also publish Ritvo’s The Final Voicemails, a collection of early and late poems edited by Louise Glück, as well as Letters from Max, co-authored by Sarah Ruhl. Ritvo was awarded a 2014 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, and his poems have appeared in Boston Review, Field, The Journal, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. He served as a poetry editor at Parnassus and taught in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University, where he received his MFA from the School of the Arts Writing Program in 2016