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Poetry: Relative Duration
James Ragan and Anne Waldman

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2005
Time: 3:00 p.m.; reception follows
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Distinguished poets James Ragan and Anne Waldman explore the full range of duration in poetry through a reading of their works.

The readings are followed by a discussion between Ragan and Waldman moderated by Elena Byrne to investigate further the aspect of duration inherent in the practice and realization of poetry. A reception follows the program.

This event is presented by the Getty Research Institute to complement its 2004–2005 research theme, "Duration."

Parking is free with reservation.

James Ragan

About the Participants

Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman is a "Distinguished Professor" and chair of Naropa University's noted summer writing program, and she works with the Study Abroad on the Bowery project on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

In 1974 Waldman, a protégée of Allen Ginsberg and Frank O'Hara, collaborated with Ginsberg to co-found Naropa's noted Jack Keroauc School of Disembodied Poetics.

She has received a National Endowment for the Arts award and the Shelley Prize for poetry, and she has authored or edited over forty books and small press editions of poetry including her recent publications In the Room of Never Grieve (2003), Dark Arcana: Afterimage or Glow (2003), and Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble (2004).

Anne Waldman

James Ragan
James Ragan is director of the University of Southern California's Graduate Professional Writing Program. He holds a PhD in English from Ohio University, and honorary PhDs from St. Vincent College (1990) and London's Richmond University (2001).

Ragan is the recipient of numerous poetry honors, including three Fulbright professorships (Yugoslavia, China, and the Czech Republic), the Emerson Poetry Prize, eight Pushcart Prize nominations, and the Swan Foundation Humanitarian Award.

Ragan's numerous books include Too Long a Solitude, and he has written extensively for stage and film. In 1997 he was inducted to honorary membership in the Russian Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Each summer since 1993, Ragan has served as distinguished visiting poet-in-residence at Charles University in Prague.

Elena K. Byrne
Moderator Elena Byrne is a visual artist, teacher, and former 12-year regional director of the Poetry Society of America. She currently produces reading series for the University of Southern California's Doheney Memorial Library and the Ruskin Art Club, and she is the poetry moderator for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Byrne is the 2004–2005 poetry co-editor for the Los Angeles Review, and her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Yale Review, The Paris Review, and The Best American Poetry.

She has published two books, The Flammable Bird and Masque.