More About the Author
Edward Ragg is a poet, critic, writer on wine and Associate Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He won the 2012 Cinnamon Press Poetry Award and his first collection, 'A Force That Takes' (2013), is published by Cinnamon Press.
Selections from his poetry have appeared in 'The 2014 Forward Book of Poetry' (Faber & Faber, 2013), 'Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam' (Eyewear Publishing/Cinnamon Press, 2012), 'Jericho & Other Stories & Poems' (Cinnamon Press, 2012), 'Visiting Wallace: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens' (Iowa University Press, 2009) and 'New Poetries IV' (Carcanet Press, 2007).
He has also published poems in Aesthetica, Acumen, Agenda, BODY, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Critical Quarterly, Envoi, Orbis, Other Poetry, Papercuts, PN Review, Poetry Quarterly, Seam, The New Writer, Three Line Poetry and other magazines.
An expert on the work of American poet - and wine tippler - Wallace Stevens, Ragg was co-editor, with Bart Eeckhout, of 'Wallace Stevens across the Atlantic' (Palgrave, 2008) and is author of 'Wallace Stevens and the Aesthetics of Abstraction' (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is an editorial board member of 'The Wallace Stevens Journal' which he has also guest co-edited.
A former Captain of the Cambridge University Wine Tasting Team and former Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, Ragg is co-founder, with his wife Fongyee Walker, of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting (www.dpwc.co). Ragg's wine writing has appeared in Decanter Magazine, The World of Fine Wine, Harpers Wine & Spirit, The Drinks Business, Meininger's Wine Business International, Spirito diVino Asia and on wine sites Decanter.com, Catavino, Enobytes, Visit Vineyards and What Wine as well as within publications in mainland China. Edward is brother to Michael Ragg who runs Burgundy domaine and negociant-eleveur Mischief & Mayhem (with his wife Fiona).
Edward has taught at Cambridge and Tsinghua Universities and has created the first course in wine at Tsinghua as well as assisting in the foundation of the Tsinghua University Wine Association (est. 2012). His second volume of poetry, entitled 'Holding Unfailing', is due to appear in early 2017. He is currently working on a third collection of poetry.