A long journey of loving
Maj Ragain was born into a small, southeastern Illinois farm town.
Home-tutored and raised on Vernor Lake, he earned a BA in English at Eastern Illinois University, and an MA in English at the University of Illinois. He has been on faculty, off and on, at Kent State University since 1969, where he obtained his PhD in 1990. He is the author of seven chapbooks of poetry and five book-length collections, all of which contribute to Clouds Pile Up in the North: New & Selected Poems, published by Press 53 2017.
In 2004, Verde Gallery of Champaign, Illinois, presented “Vision to Verse - Verse to Vision: A Visual and Poetic Dialogue,” featuring poetry by Maj Ragain and paintings by Jessica Damen. Maj has served for more than thirty years as host to open poetry readings in Kent, currently at Last Exit Books, monthly, downtown. Poetry continues to build and walk that
bridge between solitude and community. These poems are dedicated to the Kent community who midwifed them onto the page.