Internationally acclaimed alum to read poetry on campus
Poet has written for plays and films
Feb 25, 2010
From staff reports
Ohio University alumnus James Ragan, an internationally recognized poet, playwright and screenwriter, will read from his poems at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in Galbreath Chapel.
For 25 years, Ragan served as the director of the University of Southern California's Professional Writing Program. He is currently serving as the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Poet at Bowling Green State University. He received his doctorate in English from Ohio University in 1971.
Ragan has read his poetry for six current and former heads of state, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus and South Korean Prime Minister Young-Hoon Kang.
In 1985, Ragan was one of three Americans, along with Robert Bly and Bob Dylan, invited to perform at the First International Poetry Festival in Moscow. He has performed his poetry at New York's Carnegie Hall (2000, 2002) and at the United Nations (2001).
Ragan's literary honors include three Fulbright Professorships (Yugoslavia, China, Czech Republic), the Emerson Poetry Prize, eight Pushcart Prize nominations, a Poetry Society of America Gertrude Claytor Award, the Swan Foundation Humanitarian Award, and the Ohio University Medal of Merit, among others.
He is the author of "In the Talking Hours," "Womb-Weary," "The Hunger Wall," "Lusions," "Selected Poetry," "Too Long a Solitude," and "Shouldering the World" and is co-editor of "Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Collected Poems: 1952-1990."
Over the years, Ragan has also written for the stage and film. His films in development are "The Last Story of the Century" (2010), based on the siege of Sarajevo, and "The Shoe" (2010).
The reading is sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences and is free and open to the public.
Published: Feb 25, 2010 3:27 PM