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."