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Poet James Ragan reads from his work

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 26, 2010

The Creative Writing program’s Distinguished Visiting Poet, James Ragan, will read selections from his work this coming Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel as part of the program’s ongoing Thursday night Reading Series.

Ragan is author of award-winning collections of poetry, including Too Long a Solitude (2009), In the Talking Hours (2004), Womb-Weary, The Hunger Wall, Lusions, Selected Poems, and Shouldering the World. Ragan served as the director of the University of Southern California’s Professional Writing Program for 25 years. He has read his poetry for five heads of state, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Czech President Vaclav Havel, and has been honored here and abroad as an ambassador of poetry. In 1985 he was one of three Americans, including Robert Bly and Bob Dylan, invited to perform at the First International Poetry Festival in Moscow.

Ragan has performed his poetry all over the world, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, London, Paris, Athens, Stockholm, Sofia, Warsaw, Moscow, Prague, and Sao Paulo; and was invited in October 2008 to give the keynote address at the World Literature Today Conference in Beijing, China. Ragan has also written for the stage and film, and worked in various production capacities on movies, including The Longest Yard, The Border, Matilda, and the Academy Award winner, The Deer Hunter. His most recent films are The Last Story of the Century (2009), based on the siege of Sarajevo, and The Shoe (2009).

A reception (free food!) will commence at 6:00 p.m. in the Mylander Room of Bowen-Thompson Student Union. This event is free and open to the public.

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