When: Sun., March 5, 12 p.m. 2017
"Flowers and Roots, James Ragan, An Ambassador of the Arts" and "A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet". Q&A to follow with special guests & filmmakers. “Flowers and Roots, James Ragan, An Ambassador of the Arts” – American poet, playwright, and screenwriter James Ragan, author of 9 books of award-winning poetry translated in 12 languages, recounts his Slovak roots and witnesses the early days of communist totalitarianism. Ragan began his personal global goal of “breaking down cultural and political borders of repression” with poetry performances for world audiences as a universally recognized ambassador of the arts, including readings at the U.N, Carnegie Hall and for 7 heads of state, including Mikhail Gorbachev. Featured in the celebration of Ragan’s works are Al Ruddy (producer, “The Godfather”) U.S. Ambassador Norman Eisen, Good Morning America’s David Hartman, NPR’s David Bianculli, actress Cathy Lee Crosby, Shelley Berman, Ivan Havel, and appearances on CNN, CSPAN, and PBS, among others.