Ed Ryterband was born in 1941 and raised in Queens, New York. His parents immigrated from Russia and Poland. He attended City University in New York, graduating in 1961, then went on to Purdue University where he got a Ph.D. with a focus on the psychology of leadership. His first job was as a teacher and management consultant in Athens, Greece. After he returned to the States, he continued to work in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Mexico. In mid-life, he left his career to become a stand-up comic, which he continued to do until he was asked to be a regular at The Comic Strip in New York. That was an offer he could not afford to take since he was married and now had a first son. It was then he returned to consulting and started to write poetry. His wife Madelyne and he have been married for forty years. They now have two sons, Jason and Michael, both grown and on their own. For the past thirty-two years, Ed has lived at the New Jersey shore.
His poetry has been published in Paterson Literary Review, Two River Times, and U.S. 1 Worksheets. He has performed his stand-up and poetry readings at The Comic Strip, Mostly Magic, and The Piano Bar, among other venues in New York and New Jersey. His prior books of poems, Life on Cloud Eight and Beyond Cloud Eight, were published by Kelsay Books in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
Paperback: 94 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (October 18, 2022)