Ravi Shankar (poet)
Ravi Shankar (born 1975) is an American poet. He was raised in Manassas, VA. He is the founding editor of the online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat. His first book, Instrumentality, was published by Cherry Grove in May 2004, and was a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards. He co-wrote Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books, 2006) with Reb Livingston, selections of which were published in Fringe Magazine and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. His chapbook Voluptuous Bristle, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010.
Shankar received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia where he worked with Gregory Orr, and his master's degree in poetry from Columbia University's School of the Arts, where he studied with Lucie Brock-Broido and Richard Howard. Shankar's poetry has been published in such places as The Massachusetts Review, The Cortland Review, and The New Hampshire Review. His critical work has appeared in The Iowa Review, among other publications. He co-edited an anthology of contemporary Arab and Asian poetry, along with poets Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, published by Norton in Spring 2008.
Shankar has reviewed poetry for the Contemporary Poetry Review. He commentated once on the Amherst, MA public radio stationWFCR (Public Radio) and a judge for various poetry competitions.
Personal Life 
Shankar had legal problems during 2011 when he was arrested twice - once for larceny for $77,000, and on a separate occasion for driving under the influence and evading responsibility after crashing his car into the back of a parked car.  
- CCSU Poet Ravi Shankar’s Poem Collection Published, (September 2004). Accessed 2006-12-13.
- 2005 Connecticut Book Awards Finalists and Winners. Accessed 2006-12-13.
- Ravi Shankar and Reb Livingston, Wanton Textiles. Fringe, (March 2006), Issue 2. Accessed 2007-03-09.
- Reb Livingston, from Wanton Textiles. Beltway Poetry Quarterly, (Winter 2007), Vol 8, No 1. Accessed 2007-03-09.
- Ram Devineni. Riding the Boat. Jacket magazine, (March 2002). Accessed 2006-12-13.
- Ravi Shankar, Return to Mumbai. Massachusetts Review, (Summer 1999), vol.40, no.2. Accessed 2006-12-13.
- Ravi Shankar, Carousel. Cortland Review, (November 2003), Issue 24. Accessed 2006-12-15.
- Ravi Shankar, Dark. New Hampshire Review, (Summer 2005), Vol 1, no.1. Accessed 2006-12-13.
- Ravi Shankar, "Node and Network in Los Angeles". The Iowa Review, (1 July 2002). Accessed 2006-12-13.
- Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. ISBN 0-393-33238-1
- Ravi Shankar at Contemporary Poetry Review. Accessed 2006-12-13.
- WCFR News Reports, 6/2/04. Accessed 2006-12-15.
- InterBoard Poetry Competition. Accessed 2006-12-13.
- Young Writers Competition. Accessed 2006-12-13.
- "CCSU Associate Professor On Leave After Two Arrests". The Hartford Courant. (December 2011). Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "Professor, Arrested And Suspended, Still Draws Salary". The Hartford Courant. (January 2012). Retrieved April 3, 2013.