John Ridland Book Signing

Join Local Poet, John Ridland, for a reading and signing of his newest collection, Happy in an Ordinary Thing.

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: Chaucer's Books, 3321 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures & Workshops: Book Signings


This engaging collection of poems is both personal and universal, nostalgic and
immediate. With a keen sense of observation and humility, and with subtle humor
even in the face of tragedy, John Ridland bridges the past, present, and future by
acknowledging the human need to reconcile ourselves with our memories. Infused
with a poignant optimism, these poems seamlessly align experience with the evolution
of the self. Ridland creates a compelling and demanding mixture of literary
allusions and diverse forms that will satisfy and resonate from beginning to end.

John Ridland was born in London, England, and grew up in Southern California. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1953, he served in the U.S. Army, then taught literature and writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara for more than forty years.
John the Valiant, his verse translation of Sandor Petofi’s Hungarian folk-epic poem, Janos Vitez, has been published in two editions in Hungary and one edition in London. His Selected Poems were published in Hungarian translation by Europa Press; and this collection was released in the original English from Dowitcher Press. Ridland’s Petofi translation has been acclaimed by Hungarians: he was awarded an Arpad Academy gold medal for his contributions to Hungarian literature, and the Balassi Sword Award for his contributions to awareness of Hungarian literature abroad.
Ridland translated Sir Gawain and the Green Knight into modern English metrical verse. Parts II and IV appeared in the Hudson Review, and Part IV was included in Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology.
From 1966 to 1972, Ridland edited and published The Little Square Review. For more than twenty-five years, he was faculty adviser to UCSB’s Spectrum, which won Council of College Literary Magazines first prizes. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Muriel Ridland, with whom he wrote and published And Say What He Is: The Life of a Special Child.

Phone: 805-682-6787

Event posted April 23, 2013
Last updated April 23, 2013


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