Ronald Ribman

Ronald Burt Ribman (born May 28, 1932) is an American author, poet and playwright. Ribman was born in Sydenham Hospital in New York City to Samuel M. Ribman, a lawyer, and Rosa (Lerner) Ribman. He attended public school in Brooklyn, and graduated P.S. 188 in 1944. Ribman attended Mark Twain Jr. High School, graduating in 1947, and Abraham Lincoln H.S., graduating in 1950. Ribman is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1954, his master's degree in 1958, and his Ph.D. in 1962. In August 1967, he married Alice Rosen, a registered nurse. The Ribmans have two children, James and Elana. Ribman served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. Following his military service, Ribman worked as a coal broker for the J.E. Ribman Coal Co of Johnstown, PA from 1956 to 1957. Ribman was an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Otterbein College from 1962 to 1963, and left academia to focus on his plays in 1964 to the present. Ribman's poetry first appeared in literary magazines as The Beloit Poetry Journal and The Colorado Quarterly.


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