Ragan is an internationally recognized poet, playwright and essayist. He has authored eight books of poetry which have been translated into 12 languages, including “In the Talking Hours,” “Womb-Weary,” “The Hunger Wall,” “Lusions,” “Selected Poetry,” “Too Long a Solitude,” “The World Shouldering I,” “To Sing Us Out of Silence” and Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s Collected Poems, for which Ragan served as co-editor.
Ragan has read for six heads of state and for audiences in China, Japan, England, France, Spain, Brazil and the Czech Republic. In 1985, he was one of three Americans, including Bob Dylan and Robert Bly, invited to perform at the First International Poetry Festival in Moscow. Honors include three Fulbright professorships, two honorary doctorates, the Emerson Poetry Prize, eight Pushcart Prize nominations, a Poetry Society of America citation, and the Swan Foundation Humanitarian Award, among others.
Ragan’s plays have been staged in the U.S., Russia, Greece and China. For 25 years, he directed 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.”
Czech President Vaclav Havel has praised Ragan calling him “an ambassador of the arts.” 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-winning films “The Godfather” and “The Deer Hunter.”
Ragan will also be reading his poetry on January 4 at Word Works Café Muse held in Chevy Chase, Maryland. For more information about the reading, please go online.