James Ragan- Documentary Screening

July 2, 2018 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
James Ragan- Documentary Screening

We are honored to be welcoming internationally recognized poet, playwright, and screenwriter James Ragan back to the Globe on Monday, July 2nd at 8:30pm for a showing of the award winning documentary Flowers & Roots, which traces Dr. Ragan’s life in the arts.

JAMES RAGAN                              

James Ragan, born to Czecho/Slovak parents and raised in Pittsburgh (USA) with English as a 2nd language, is an internationally recognized poet, playwright, screenwriter, and essayist. He has a Ph.D. and for 25 years directed the Professional Writing Program at the U. of Southern California and currently serves for 24 summers as Dist. Visiting Professor of Poetry and Film at Charles University in Prague. Published in 15 languages and 30 anthologies, world-wide, he has authored 9 books of poetry including In the Talking Hours, Womb-Weary, The Hunger Wall, Lusions, Selected Poetry, Too Long a Solitude, The World Shouldering I, The Chanter’s Reed and co-edited Yevgeny Yevtushenko: Collected Poetry. Honors include 3 Fulbright Professorships, 2 Honorary Ph.D’s, the Emerson Poetry Prize, 9 Pushcart nominations, a Poetry Society of America Citation, London’s Troubadour Int. Poetry Prize finalist, and the Swan Foundation Humanitarian Award, etc. He has read for 7 international Heads of State and for the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, NPR and audiences in China, Japan, India, England, France, Sweden, Spain, Brazil, etc. In 1985 he was one of 4 poets from the West, including Seamus Heaney, Robert Bly and Bob Dylan, invited to perform for Mikhail Gorbachev at the 1st International Poetry Festival in Moscow. Ragan’s plays Commedia and The Landlord have been staged in the U.S., Moscow, Beijing, Athens, Prague, etc. He worked on staff during the making of The Godfather, in production on the Oscar winner The Deer Hunter, as co-writer on The Rising (Ireland 2018) and story editor on “Dom” (The House) winner of the East/West Kieslowski Award for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. He is the subject of the documentary, Flowers and Roots, (Arina Films, 2016), winner of 12 Int. Festival awards including the Remi Prize at the 49th Houston Int. Film Festival.

 “James Ragan’s poems spare no passion in believing they sing.” Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney

“James Ragan’s poems are satisfying and distinctive, full of arresting collocations and striking phrases.”
U.S. Poet Laureate  Richard Wilbur

“James Ragan dominates the art of image, the art of poetic line, and the art of poetic narration with insight
that marks major poets.”                                                                                Nobel Prize Nominee  Miroslav Holub

“I admire James Ragan’s sense of history and, within that, his instinct to praise.”

                                                              National Book Award, Jean Valentine

“In Jim Ragan’s poetry, there is a lyrical wisdom. It is this juxtaposition that makes his work so exhilarating.”
Pulitzer Prize Winner Studs Terkel

 “James Ragan’s fine-grained and witty poems move us through a remarkable range of history and geography,    thematic variety, and tonal dexterity.”                                                      Pulitzer Prize Winner C.K. Williams

 “James Ragan is a snake charmer whose words work real magic.”       Pulitzer Prize Winner Henry Taylor

 “Yevtushenko’s Collected Poems, edited and translated by James Ragan and Albert Todd is a passionate

and essential edition.”                                                                                 New York Times

“James Ragan continues his song through the centuries in language that echoes Rilke.”

                                                                                                                      Publishers Weekly


James Ragan has a world class mind as a writer, intellect, and as a humanist. He’s a gift that America got.”

                                                                                                        Producer, The Godfather, Al Ruddy

 1516 Beverwil Dr / Los Angeles, CA 90035 / Tel (310) 277-1914/ email: jjragan@yahoo.com



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