James Ragan

N/A
Los Angeles, CA 90035-2911
Phone: 
310-277-1914

Author's Bio

Author of 8 books and translated into 12 languages, he has read at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations and for 7 heads of state including Czech President Vaclav Havel, So. Korean Prime Minister Young-Hoon Kang and for Mikhail Gorbachev at Moscow's Int. Poetry Festival (with Robert Bly and Bob Dylan). Has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, PBS and in 30 Anthologies. His poetry has been called "arresting and distinctive" (Richard Wilbur),"Fine-grained and witty," (C.K.Williams) and "dominating--with insight that marks major poets" (Miroslav Holub). His plays "The Landlord" and "Commedia" have been produced in the U.S.,Beijing, Moscow, Athens etc. Worked as a screenwriter at Paramount Pictures for Prod. Al Ruddy and in production on "The Border," "Dom," and Oscar winner,"The Deer Hunter." He has a Ph.D. and served for 25 yrs as Director of USC's Professional Writing Program and for 23 yrs as Distinguished Professor at Charles U. in Prague. In 1996 Buzz Magazine named Ragan one of the "100 Coolest People in Los Angeles: Those Who Make a Difference." He is the subject of the 2016 Arina Films documentary on his life in the arts "Flowers and Roots, Ambassador of the Arts," the Remi Platinum Prize winner at the 49th Houston Int. Film Festival.

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
In the Talking Hours
(University of Southern California Press, 2004)
, Lusions
(Grove Press, 1996)
, The Hunger Wall
(Grove Press, 1995)
, The World Shouldering I
(Salmon Publishing, 2013)
, Too Long a Solitude
(University of Oklahoma Press, 2009)
, Womb Weary
(Carol Publishing, 1990)
, Yevgeny Yevtushenko: Collected Poetry, 1952-1990 (co-editor/ trans.)
(Henry Holt, 1990)
Journals: 
Antioch Review, Bomb, Los Angeles Times, North American Review, Ohio Review, Ontario Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Sewanee Review, The Nation, World Literature Today, The Ontario Review
Prizes Won: 
Three Fulbright Professorships, two Honorary Doctorates, the Emerson Poetry Prize, eight Pushcart Prize nominations, PSA Gertrude Claytor Award Finalist, London's Troubadour Int. Poetry Prize Finalist, Oklahoma Book Award Finalist, Walt Whitman Book Award Finalist, a TV Telly Award, Valerie Swan Foundation Humanitarian Award, among others.

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Caucasian
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Duquesne
Raised in: 
Pittsburgh, PA
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Last updated: Nov 29, 2016