Writer/teacher Francine Ringold spreads the wisdom in Marina del Rey


Francine Ringold can do it all, or so it seems. She not only taught at the University of Tulsa for 47 years, but she also published award-winning poetry collections and was the editor-in-chief of the Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose for 35 years. On top of all that, she held the position of Poet Laureate of Oklahoma for two terms and is a mother of four.

With her new book “From Birth to Birth: My Memoir and a Guide for Yours,” Ringold is melding the tasks of teacher and writer into a new work from which anyone who is interested in sharing his or her own story can draw.

Meet this amazing woman and be among the first to get a copy of the book on Sunday at Le Cellier Restaurant and Wine Bar in Marina del Rey.

Perhaps you’ll be inspired to tell your life story, or perhaps you’ll just enjoy a taste of the French-Vietnamese cuisine, a cold glass of wine and snag a new book to read. Either way you play it, it sounds good to me.

— Gabrielle Flam

Francine Ringold discusses “From Birth to Birth” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Le Cellier Restaurant and Wine Bar, 417 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. Call (310) 823-4646 or visit francineringold.info.