Ravi Shankar (poet)

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Ravi Shankar
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Born 1975
Occupation Editor / Poet / Professor / Writer
Language Tamil / English
Nationality American
Citizenship USA
Alma mater University of Virginia, Columbia University
Genre Poetry
Notable works What Else Could It Be, Deepening Groove, Voluptuous Bristle, Seamless Matter, Language for a New Century, Wanton Textiles, Instrumentality, Autobiography of a Goddess, Union
Notable awards Pushcart Prize, Connecticut Commission on Arts Grant, Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, Poets' Prize, Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner, NYSCA Grant

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.

In 1999, he founded one of the world's oldest electronic online arts journals, Drunken Boat.[1] He has published and edited ten books and chapbooks of poetry, including Deepening Groove. He co-edited W.W.Norton's Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond as well as Union, containing the best of 50 years of Singaporean literature and 15 years of Drunken Boat. Along with Priya Sarukkai Chabria, he translated The Autobiography of a Goddess, a collection of poems of the 9th century Tamil poet/saint Andal.[2] He is also featured on the Poetry Foundation[3] and the Academy of American Poets website.[4] Along with Patricia Smith and Peter Kahn, he edited The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (University of Arkansas Press). His full-length collection What Else Could it Be contains collaborations with over 20 contemporary poets. He has appeared on NPR, the BBC and on PBS, and has performed his work around the world.

Career[edit]

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.[5] He has contributed to the New York Times The Paris Review and the Chronicle of Higher Education.[6][7]. He has been featured in Poetry International [8].

His first book, Instrumentality, was published in 2004, and was a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards. His second book "Deepening Groove" won the National Poetry Review Prize [9]. His next full length collection What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2015. He has also published a number of chapbooks, including Seamless Matter, a collaboration with American visual artist Sol LeWitt [10]and co-authoring Wanton Textiles in 2006 with Reb Livingston, selections of which were published in Fringe Magazine and Beltway Poetry Quarterly.[11][12] He edited The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks and translated the 8th century Tamil mystic poet Andal in The Autobiography of a Goddess published in India and distributed by University of Chicago Press.

Shankar's poetry has been published in such places as The Paris Review, The Massachusetts Review,[13] The Cortland Review,[14] 3Elements Review,[15] and The New Hampshire Review.[16] He co-edited an anthology of contemporary Arab and Asian poetry, along with poets Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, published by W.W. Norton in 2008. He has contributed to the Poetry Society of America's "Q-and-A on American Poetry",[17]

Books[edit]

  • Instrumentality. [Cherry Grove], Cincinnati, OH 2004.
  • Wanton Textiles. [No Tell Motel], Washington DC 2006.
  • Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond. W.W. Norton & Co., 2008.
  • Radha Says: poems by Reetika Vazirani. Drunken Boat, New York, NY 2010.
  • Voluptuous Bristle". [Finishing Line], 2010.
  • Seamless Matter. [Ohm Editions, Rain Taxi], Minneapolis, MN 2010.
  • Deepening Groove. [National Poetry Review], Aptos, CA 2012.
  • What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations." [Carolina Wren Press], Ashville, NC 2015.
  • UNION: The Best of Drunken Boat and Singaporean Literature". Drunken Boat, New York, NY 2016.
  • The Autobiography of a Goddess: Translations of Andal. Zubaan Books, New Delhi, IN and University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL 2016.
  • "The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks". University of Arkansas Press, 2017.


Criminal convictions and resignation[edit]

Shankar resigned from teaching at CCSU[18] following a suspension over a number of arrests and convictions[19] including driving under the influence,[20] giving a police officer someone else’s license after getting into a collision,[21] providing a false statement to authorities,[22] credit card fraud related to using school equipment, and theft of school funds.[23][24][25] He served time in Hartford Correctional Center.[26][27] As part of his termination agreement, Shankar was barred from applying for or accepting a job in the state university system.[28]

As a result of media attention surrounding the case and complaints by Connecticut State Senator Kevin D. Witkos,[29] the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education proposed that criminal convictions be allowed into consideration in employment decisions.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mission & History", Drunken Boat, retrieved February 16, 2016 
  2. ^ "The Autobiography of a Goddess", The University of Chicago Press Books, retrieved February 16, 2016 
  3. ^ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/ravi-shankar
  4. ^ http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/ravi-shankar
  5. ^ Ram Devineni. http://jacketmagazine.com/16/dev-iv-shank.html Riding the Boat. (March 2002). Accessed 2006-12-13.
  6. ^ Ravi Shankar on Ravi Shankar The New York Times. (December 2012).
  7. ^ http://chronicle.com/blogs/arts/mondays-poem-breast-feeding-at-the-blue-mosque-by-ravi-shankar/29274 Chronicle of Higher Education
  8. ^ http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/27272/9421/Ravi-Shankar
  9. ^ https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/ravi-shankar
  10. ^ http://www.raintaxi.com/seamless-matter-thirty-stills/
  11. ^ Ravi Shankar and Reb Livingston, Wanton Textiles.] Fringe, (March 2006), Issue 2. Accessed 2007-03-09.
  12. ^ Reb Livingston, from Wanton Textiles. Beltway Poetry Quarterly, (Winter 2007), Vol 8, No 1. Accessed 2007-03-09.
  13. ^ Ravi Shankar, Return to Mumbai. Massachusetts Review, (Summer 1999), vol.40, no.2. Accessed 2006-12-13.
  14. ^ Ravi Shankar, Carousel. Cortland Review, (November 2003), Issue 24. Accessed 2006-12-15.
  15. ^ Ravi Shankar, Ridiculing Fascism. 3Elements Review. Fall Journal, Issue No.1 (October 2013)
  16. ^ Ravi Shankar, Dark. New Hampshire Review, (Summer 2005), Vol 1, no.1. Accessed 2006-12-13.
  17. ^ [1] (Summer 2010), Accessed 2006-12-13.
  18. ^ "CCSU Professor Ravi Shankar Resigns", by Nicholas Rondinone, Hartford Courant, February 3, 2016, http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-shankar-resigns-0204-20160203-story.html
  19. ^ "CCSU Suspends Professor Ravi Shankar; Senator Says Fire Him" by David Moran, Hartford Courant, August 7, 2015 http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-connecticut-senator-wants-ccsu-to-fire-ravi-shankar-0808-2-20150807-story.html
  20. ^ "CCSU Professor Appears in Court After Being Arrested 3 Times In A Year" by Angelica Spanos and John Charlton, FOX61, August 26, 2015, http://fox61.com/2015/08/26/ccsu-professor-due-in-court-after-being-arrested-3-times-in-a-year/
  21. ^ "Ravi Shankar Still In Hot Water" by Ruth Bruno, Central Recorder, October 21, 2015 http://centralrecorder.com/2015/10/21/ravi-shankar-still-in-hot-water/
  22. ^ "Time To Throw The Book At Professor Shankar" Editorial from The Hartford Courant, December 17, 2015, http://www.courant.com/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-shankar-should-be-canned-20151216-story.html
  23. ^ Schoenfeld, Samantha; Roberts, Laura. "CCSU professor suspended without pay after latest arrest". Fox61. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  24. ^ "As professor racks up convictions, CSCU unable to consider them in employment decisions", by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, The Connecticut Mirror, December 16, 2015, https://ctmirror.org/2015/12/16/as-professor-racks-up-convictions-cscu-unable-to-consider-them-in-employment-decisions/
  25. ^ "Time To Throw The Book At Professor Shankar" Editorial from The Hartford Courant, December 17, 2015, http://www.courant.com/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-shankar-should-be-canned-20151216-story.html
  26. ^ "As professor racks up convictions, CSCU unable to consider them in employment decisions", by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, The Connecticut Mirror, December 16, 2015, https://ctmirror.org/2015/12/16/as-professor-racks-up-convictions-cscu-unable-to-consider-them-in-employment-decisions/
  27. ^ "CCSU Professor Appears in Court After Being Arrested 3 Times In A Year" by Angelica Spanos and John Charlton, FOX61, August 26, 2015, http://fox61.com/2015/08/26/ccsu-professor-due-in-court-after-being-arrested-3-times-in-a-year/
  28. ^ "CCSU Professor Ravi Shankar Resigns", by Nicholas Rondinone, Hartford Courant, February 3, 2016, http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-shankar-resigns-0204-20160203-story.html
  29. ^ "CCSU Suspends Professor Ravi Shankar; Senator Says Fire Him" by David Moran, Hartford Courant, August 7, 2015 http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-connecticut-senator-wants-ccsu-to-fire-ravi-shankar-0808-2-20150807-story.html
  30. ^ "As professor racks up convictions, CSCU unable to consider them in employment decisions", by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, The Connecticut Mirror, December 16, 2015, https://ctmirror.org/2015/12/16/as-professor-racks-up-convictions-cscu-unable-to-consider-them-in-employment-decisions/

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