Jack Ridl

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Jack Ridl (born April 10, 1944) is an American poet, and was a professor of English at Hope College.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Ridl's father, Charles "Buzz" Ridl, coached basketball at Westminster College, Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh. Ridl graduated from Westminster College, Pennsylvania with a BA and M.Ed., in 1970. He lives in Laketown Township, Michigan, with his wife, Julie.[2][3][4]

His work has appeared in LIT, The Georgia Review, FIELD, Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, The Denver Quarterly, Chelsea, Free Lunch, The Journal, Passages North, Dunes Review,[5] and Poetry East. Hope College has named its Visiting Writers Series for him.[6]

The sun rises over the trees behind our
house and the dogs want out. Today

it's supposed to snow again. Tonight
we'll have soup, just the two of us

and talk about our month in Italy,
how we wondered if we could live

in all that light. We'll remember
the last time we danced alone.[5]



  • The same ghost: poems. Dawn Valley Press. 1984. ISBN 978-0-936014-13-5.
  • After School, Samisdat (1987)
  • Be tween. Dawn Valley Press. 1988. ISBN 978-0-936014-18-0.
  • Against Elegies, The Center for Book Arts, (2001)
  • Broken Symmetry. Wayne State University Press. 2006. ISBN 978-0-8143-3322-8.
  • Losing Season. CavanKerry Press. 2009. ISBN 978-1-933880-15-0.
  • Practicing to Walk Like a Heron. Wayne State University Press. 2013. ISBN 978-0-8143-3539-0.


  • Peter J. Schakel; Jack Ridl (1996). Approaching Poetry: Perspectives and Responses. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-13281-1.
  • Peter Schakel; Jack Ridl (2004). Approaching Literature in the 21st Century: Fiction, Poetry, Drama. Bedford/St. Martin's. ISBN 978-0-312-40756-8.



  1. ^ "Jack Ridl". www.hope.edu. Archived from the original on January 6, 2013.
  2. ^ "Jack Ridl". Michigan State University Libraries.
  3. ^ Mark Copier (August 9, 2009). "Profile of poet and teacher Jack Ridl". The Grand Rapids Press.
  4. ^ Jon Schultz (Aug 18, 2009). "Prime Time Poet: CBS, ESPN calling as Ridl debuts 'Losing Season'". The Holland Sentinel.
  5. ^ a b Dunes Review. Volume 16 Issue 1. Winter, 2012.
  6. ^ "Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series: About". hope.edu.

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