Poet, playwright, essayist and screenwriter for Paramount Pictures.

Author of eight books of poetry translated into more than ten languages.

He has read for six heads of state, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Václav Havel, and Korean Prime Minister Young-Hoon Kang.

He served for 25 years as Director of USC’s Professional Writing Program and for 23 summers as Distinguished Professor at Charles University in Prague.

His 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.

In 1996 BUZZ Magazine named Ragan one of the “100 Coolest People in Los Angeles: Those Who Make a Difference.”

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British Ambassador to the Czech Republic between the years 2013-2017.

In 1990, she joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Her postings have included Germany and the UN Security Council in New York.

Before her current appointment, she was the UK’s Lead Climate Change Negotiator.

She has spent most of her career working in the areas of international negotiation, crisis management, and conflict, security and defense policy

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Vice-president of SPUSA and director of SPUSA Education Center. Founder of SPUSA Writing Contest.

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Director, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer and Author, responsible for several hundred productions all around the world.

Author of musical performance Ray Bradbury’s 2116 succesfully premiered in 2016 in Prague.

In Czech Republic he also contributed in productions of RENT (Director/Producer), Sweeney Todd (Director/Producer) or Klíč Králů (Creative Director / Choreographer / Dramaturge)

Director of Gallimaufry Perfoming Arts and Gallimaufry z.s.

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