Ravi Shankar (poet)

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Ravi Shankar
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Born 1975
Occupation Professor
Nationality American
Ethnicity Indian American
Citizenship USA
Alma mater University of Virginia, Columbia University
Genres Poetry
Notable work(s) Deepening Groove, Voluptuous Bristle, Seamless Matter, Language for a New Century, Wanton Textiles, Instumentality
Notable award(s) Pushcart Prize, Connecticut Commission on Arts Grant

Ravi Shankar (born 1975) is an Indian American poet and literature professor at Central Connecticut State University and City University of Hong Kong. He is the founding editor and Executive Director of the international online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat.

He has published and edited a total of eight books of poetry, including 'Deepening Groove' for which he won the 2010 National Poetry Review. He has also won a Pushcart Prize and served as a judge for numerous poetry related competitions.


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.[1] He has contributed to the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, and is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust.[2][3]

His first book, Instrumentality, was published in 2004, and was a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards. He co-wrote Wanton Textiles in 2006 with Reb Livingston, selections of which were published in Fringe Magazine and Beltway Poetry Quarterly.[4][5] His chapbook Voluptuous Bristle, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010. His chapbook "Seamless Matter" was published by Rain Taxi Books in 2011.

Shankar's poetry has been published in such places as The Paris Review, The Massachusetts Review,[6] The Cortland Review,[7] 3Elements Review,[8] and The New Hampshire Review.[9] He co-edited an anthology of contemporary Arab and Asian poetry, along with poets Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond published by W.W. Norton in 2008 and called "a beautiful achievement for world literature" by Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer. [10]

Personal life[edit]

Shankar was wrongfully arrested under New York City's stop-and-frisk policy in 2009, and racially slurred by the New York City Police Department.[11] He subsequently sued and won an undisclosed settlement from New York City.


  1. ^ Ram Devineni. http://jacketmagazine.com/16/dev-iv-shank.html Riding the Boat. (March 2002). Accessed 2006-12-13.
  2. ^ Ravi Shankar on Ravi Shankar The New York Times. (December 2012).
  3. ^ http://chronicle.com/blogs/arts/mondays-poem-breast-feeding-at-the-blue-mosque-by-ravi-shankar/29274 Chronicle of Higher Education
  4. ^ Ravi Shankar and Reb Livingston, Wanton Textiles. Fringe, (March 2006), Issue 2. Accessed 2007-03-09.
  5. ^ Reb Livingston, from Wanton Textiles. Beltway Poetry Quarterly, (Winter 2007), Vol 8, No 1. Accessed 2007-03-09.
  6. ^ Ravi Shankar, Return to Mumbai. Massachusetts Review, (Summer 1999), vol.40, no.2. Accessed 2006-12-13.
  7. ^ Ravi Shankar, Carousel. Cortland Review, (November 2003), Issue 24. Accessed 2006-12-15.
  8. ^ Ravi Shankar, Ridiculing Fascism. 3Elements Review. Fall Journal, Issue No.1 (October 2013)
  9. ^ Ravi Shankar, Dark. New Hampshire Review, (Summer 2005), Vol 1, no.1. Accessed 2006-12-13.
  10. ^ http://languageforanewcentury.com/
  11. ^ Poet Says He Was Arrested For 'Driving While Brown National Public Radio. (August 20, 2009.). Retrieved December 3, 2013.

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