2017 Gold Rush Writers Conference

James Ragan
James Ragan
James Ragan is an internationally recognized poet, playwright, screenwriter, and essayist. Translated into 15 languages and appearing in 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, Joyful Mysteries, and co-edited Yevgeny Yevtushenko: Collected Poetry.
Honors include 3 Fulbright Professorships, 2 Honorary Ph.D's, the Emerson Poetry Prize, 9 Pushcart Prize nominations, a Poetry Society of America Citation, London's Troubadour Int. Poetry Prize finalist, and the Swan Foundation Humanitarian Award, among others.

Ragan's plays The Landlord and Commedia have been staged in the U.S., Moscow, Beijing, Athens, Prague, etc. He worked on staff during the making of The Godfather and in production on the Oscar winner The Deer Hunter, The Border and recently as story editor/consultant on the foreign films, Clownwise, winner of 8 Czech Lion nominations and Dom ("The House," Slovakia), winner of 7 European Academy Awards, including the East/West Kieslowski Award for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.

He also collaborated on In the Field (2008), Heaven, Hell, Earth (2009) and on The Rising (Ireland 2017).
In 1996 BUZZ Magazine named Ragan one of the "100 Coolest People in Los Angeles: Those Who Make a Difference." He has a Ph.D. and for 25 years directed the Graduate Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California and currently serves for 23 summers as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Poetry and Film at Charles University in Prague. He is the subject of the documentary, Flowers and Roots, (Arina Films, 2015), winner of the Remi Platinum Award at the 49th Houston Int. Film Festival (2016).


In the Talking Hours
Talking Hours


Talking Hours

Too Long
a Solitude

Talking Hours


Womb Weary


Talking Hours

The World Shouldering I
Talking Hours

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