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James Ragan

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 Klaus, So. Korean Prime Minister Young-Hoon Kang and for Mikhail Gorbachev at Moscow's International Poetry Festival (with Robert Bly and Bob Dylan). 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. He has worked as a screenwriter at Paramount Pictures for Producer 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 Arina Films documentary on his life in the arts "Flowers and Roots."

Publications and Prizes

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

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