Letters from Max tells the story of the relationship between a young poet diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma and a celebrated playwright who began as his teacher and became, over the course of an extended correspondence, his friend, and finally, his student.
In the collection’s introduction, Ruhl writes: “Max had a heart as vast as that rare of all things—a real poet’s. At some point our roles of teacher and student were reversed, and Max became my teacher. I offer these letters in the spirit of giving Max’s teachings to more people. His words speak for themselves.”
Max's second poetry collection was curated and edited by Louise Gluck. It will be published by Milkweed Editions in September 2018.
Milkweed editions describes this collection: “Including many previously unpublished poems, The Final Voicemails is a collection of early and late poems combining Max’s distinctive emotional intensity with the linguistic brilliance and rich allusiveness that marked Four Reincarnations. The Final Voicemails is edited and introduced by Louise Glück”.
Max's debut collection of poems, Four Reincarnations, was published by Milkweed Editions in September 2016. Louise Glück refers to it as "one of the most original and ambitious first books in [her] experience."
"Alexander and the Moon: A Storybook was written in the throes of chemotherapy by pediatric cancer survivor Max Ritvo, and brought to life by artists Ngozi Ukazu, Autumn Von Plinsky, and Ellen Su. It is a story about a boy who sacrifices everything as he pursues love in a world contorted by surrealistic science. The author and artists are undergraduates at Yale University, who received funding for the project from the prestigious Louis Sudler Art Grant."