Brian L. Ragsdale


I am a visual artist, writer, self-taught musician (piano), and former psychotherapist. I live in Newport, Nh with my partner of 21 years, Mark, and our newly adopted dog, Sammie. I have a masters and doctorate in clinical psychology and have some scholarly publications. I work as a college administrator for Walden University. I am African American and gay, and believe that identities are not peripheral elements of our humanness, and like other life experiences, they too play a role in our becoming.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
teaching to transgress by bell hooks. I like this book because it brings issues of ethnicity, gender, power, and social consciousness into the classroom. when lovers are friends by merle shain, a wonderful book of poetry and connection. the places that scare you by pema chodron. playing in the dark; imagination in white writers (or something like this, by toni Morrison. it is not a book but I love the magazine, architectural digest, love setting a mood in a room
What do you read for pleasure?
lots of internet reading, and am trying to finish, the twelve tribes of hattie by ayana mathis
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Where to find Brian L. Ragsdale online


Poetry and Lyrics
Some of these are poems, and others of these are lyrics written for songs.


The Boy From Sable Street
Series: Poetry and Lyrics. Price: Free! Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Across the month of August and September 2013, artist/writer Brian L. Ragsdale wrote a series of prose and poetry. Themes of the poems emerge from daily experiences, wanderings, musings, and childhood memories. Something happened to the author when he grew up on Sable street, and now looking back 40 years he revisits that time and space, but also interweaves his present day, heart- longings.

Brian L. Ragsdale's tag cloud

abuse    african american    forbidden love    glbt    love    poetry    prose    survivor