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In 1988 NYC and Florida, a young gay widower confronts the twin challenges of overcoming his paralyzing grief while navigating an incipient romance with a man 13 years his junior.
2022 Lambda Literary Award Finalist (Gay Romance)
2021 Foreword INDIES Finalist (Romance)
Flower of Iowa
Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Winner (War & Military Fiction)
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Winner (Fiction: Romance)
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Winner (LGBTQ+)
Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze Winner (Military/Wartime Fiction)
Lambda Literary Award Finalist (Gay Romance)
New York New Works Theatre Festival Finalist (Play Adaptation)
Two soldiers fall in love on the Western Front in a sprawling tale of courage and the resilience of the human spirit.
In Love with the Arrow Collar Man
Semi-Finalist in the 2016 New York New Works Theatre Festival and a successful run at Theatre 80 St. Marks, NY
Dramatizes the life of famed illustrator J.C. Leyendecker, and his years together with his muse, model, and lifelong love, Charles Beach.
Successful run at Theatre Row, NY
The fates of two young men collide in a drama based on true events surrounding the tragic 1961 plane crash that took the lives of the U.S. Figure Skating Team.
A Musical (Book & Lyrics)
Semi-Finalist in the 2017 New York New Works Theatre Festival
A half-hour “mini-musical” about a diverse group of animals in a zoo who must resolve their differing ideas about how to deal with their situation.
At Home in the World/世界がわが家
(Original English Narration)
A cultural collaboration like no other.
Talented artists from four continents unite to create a series of memorable performances in Japan, the United States, and Uganda.
Photo by Keith Ferris
Lance Ringel’s career as a writer and journalist has spanned more than four decades. His novel Flower of Iowa, an epic romance between two soldiers in the First World War, has met with unexpected success in the United States and Europe, receiving accolades from Kirkus Reviews and Stephen Fry, among many others. His play In Love with the Arrow Collar Man, based on the true story of famed illustrator J.C. Leyendecker and his muse-lover Charles Beach, premiered at New York’s Theatre 80 St. Marks and has been performed in conjunction with a Leyendecker exhibition at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Both Arrow Collar Man and the musical Animal Story, for which Ringel wrote book and lyrics to Chuck Muckle’s score, made the semifinals of the New York New Works Theatre Festival. A stage adaptation of Flower of Iowa achieved the finals of the same festival, and a video adaptation of that production premiered online on Veterans Day 2020, hosted by the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, which co-produced the Reynolda presentation of Arrow Collar Man.
At Vassar College, where he has worked for 20 years, Ringel was a principal writer for Vassar Voices, a staged reading honoring the college’s sesquicentennial, which premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Meryl Streep, Frances Sternhagen, and Lisa Kudrow. He also wrote the narrative for At Home in the World, a joint production of Vassar and Japan’s Ashinaga Foundation, which played in Tokyo, New York, Washington, D.C., and Kampala, Uganda, under the direction of John Caird.
Ringel also has had a lengthy career in public service. He served as Assistant Commissioner of Human Rights under New York Governor Mario Cuomo, at the National Gay Task Force under veteran LGBTQ+ advocate Virginia Apuzzo, and currently is a member of the Dutchess County (NY) Human Rights Commission. He is also, improbably, a medal-winning bowler, having scored a bronze in team competition at the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago and then a gold at the World Outgames a few weeks later in Montreal.
Ringel's latest novel, Floridian Nights, unfolds against a background that at times, surprisingly, can feel as distant as the World War I France of his award-winning debut novel, Flower of Iowa. Floridian Nights was named a 2021 Foreword Reviews INDIES Finalist in the Romance category and a 2022 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in the Gay Romance category. He is also currently at work on Flash/Frozen, another play based on true historical events. A native of central Illinois, he resides in both Poughkeepsie, New York, and New York City, with his spouse of 44 years, actor-composer-director Chuck Muckle.