Author Bio

Lance Ringel


A journalist and writer for four decades, Lance Ringel has penned five novels and three plays. At Vassar College, where he has worked for 14 years, he served as principal writer for Vassar Voices, a staged reading honoring the college’s sesquicentennial. It debuted at Lincoln Center, starring Meryl Streep, Lisa Kudrow and Frances Sternhagen and subsequently toured America and London.

Ringel also wrote the narrative for At Home in the World, a music-and-words collaboration directed by John Caird that recently played across Japan. As editor of the Weekend section of the Taconic Newspapers in the Hudson Valley from 1996 to 1998, Ringel wrote theater and film reviews and maintained a weekly column.

A native of central Illinois, Ringel has had an impressive career in politics as well, serving as Assistant Commissioner of Human Rights under New York Governor Mario Cuomo. He currently resides in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his spouse of 37 years, actor-composer Chuck Muckle. Flower of Iowa is his first published work.




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