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Ravi Shankar (poet)

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Ravi Shankar
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Born 1975 (age 42–43)
  • Tamil
  • English
Nationality American
Citizenship USA
Alma mater
Genre Poetry
Notable awards

Ravi Shankar (born 1975) is an Indian American poet, editor, and former literature professor at Central Connecticut State University and City University of Hong Kong.


Shankar received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and his M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University's School of the Arts.

His collections of poetry include What Else Could it Be (2015),Instrumentality (2004), a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards with Deepening Groove (2011), winner of the National Poetry Review Prize.[1] He won a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship[2] in 2017. His translations with Priya Sarukkai Chabria of the 8th century Tamil poet/saint Andal won the 2016/2017 Muse India Translation Award.[3]

Criminal convictions

Shankar resigned from teaching at CCSU[4] following a suspension over a number of arrests and convictions[5] including driving under the influence,[6] giving a police officer someone else’s license after getting into a collision,[7] providing a false statement to authorities,[8] credit card fraud related to using school equipment, and theft of school funds.[9][10][8] He served time in Hartford Correctional Center.[10][6]

As a result of media attention surrounding the case and complaints by Connecticut State Senator Kevin D. Witkos,[5] the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education proposed that criminal convictions be allowed into consideration in employment decisions.[10]

Selected works


  • Instrumentality, Harper & Row, 2004, (WordTech Communications, 2004)
  • Wanton Textiles, with Reb Livingston, (No Tell Books, 2006)
  • Seamless Matter, with Sol LeWitt (Chapbook), OHM Editions – Rain Taxi, 2010
  • Deepening Groove, (The National Poetry Review Press, 2011)
  • What Else Could It Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations, (Carolina Wren Press, 2015)
  • Durable Transit: New and Selected Poems, (Poetrywala, 2018)


  • The Autobiography of a Goddess, with Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Zubaan Books/University of Chicago Press, 2016

As editor


  1. ^ "Ravi Shankar". Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. 2017-12-27. Retrieved 2017-12-28. 
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  4. ^ "CCSU Professor Ravi Shankar Resigns", by Nicholas Rondinone, Hartford Courant, February 3, 2016,
  5. ^ a b "CCSU Suspends Professor Ravi Shankar; Senator Says Fire Him" by David Moran, Hartford Courant, August 7, 2015
  6. ^ a b "CCSU Professor Appears in Court After Being Arrested 3 Times In A Year" by Angelica Spanos and John Charlton, FOX61, August 26, 2015,
  7. ^ "Ravi Shankar Still In Hot Water" by Ruth Bruno, Central Recorder, October 21, 2015
  8. ^ a b "Time To Throw The Book At Professor Shankar" Editorial from The Hartford Courant, December 17, 2015,
  9. ^ Schoenfeld, Samantha; Roberts, Laura. "CCSU professor suspended without pay after latest arrest". Fox61. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c "As professor racks up convictions, CSCU unable to consider them in employment decisions", by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, The Connecticut Mirror, December 16, 2015,

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