James Ragan Free Screening & Reading
We are honored to be welcoming internationally recognized poet, playwright, and screenwriter James Ragan back to the Globe on Monday, July 3rd at 8:30pm for a reading and showing of the award winning documentary Flowers & Roots, which traces Dr. Ragan’s life in the arts.
Honored as an ambassador of poetry, Dr. Ragan has read for 7 heads of state, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Vaclav Havel, and South Korea’s Young-Hoon Kang and in various countries including China, Japan, England, France, Sweden, Brazil, and the Czech Republic. In 1985, he was one of four poets from the West, including Seamus Heaney, Robert Bly, and Bob Dylan, invited to perform at the 1st International Poetry Festival in Moscow. Ragan’s honors include 3 Fulbright Professorships, 2 Honorary Doctorates, the Emerson Poetry Prize, 9 Pushcart Prize nominations, a Poetry Society of America Citation, inalist for the Troubador International Poetry Prize (London), and the Swan Foundation Humanitarian Award. Over the years Ragan has also written for the stage and film with original plays,The Landlord and Commedia, produced in the U.S., Russia, China, and Greece.
Dr. Ragan has worked as a screenwriter at Paramount Pictures and in various production capacities during the making of THE BORDER, “DOM” (THE HOUSE), “CLOWNWISE” and the Academy Award winners THE GODFATHER and THE DEER HUNTER. He has a Ph.D. and served for 25 years as the Director of the Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. In 1996 BUZZ Magazine named Ragan one of the “100 Coolest People in Los Angeles: Those Who Make a Difference.” “Flowers and Roots” won the 2016 REMI Award for Best Documentary at the 49th Annual Houston International Film Festival and has played on PBS and at European Universities and Film Festivals. The reading and showing will begin at 8:30pm on Monday, July 3.