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
Genre Poetry
Notable works Deepening Groove, Voluptuous Bristle, Seamless Matter, Language for a New Century, Wanton Textiles, Instrumentality
Notable awards Pushcart Prize, Connecticut Commission on Arts Grant, Gulf Coast Poetry Prize

Ravi Shankar (born 1975) is an Indian American poet, translator 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, one of the world's oldest online journals of the arts.

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 won a Pushcart Prize and served as a judge for numerous poetry related competitions.

He has also appeared on NPR, the BBC, the Jim Lehrer News Hour and in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Financial Times. He has been called "one of America's finest younger poets" by Connecticut poet laureate Dick Allen. He also co-edited W.W. Norton's "Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond" called "a beautiful achievement for world literature" by Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer. He is featured on the Poetry Foundation,[1] and the Academy of American Poets website [2] where you can find and read poems of his.


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.[3] He has contributed to the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, and is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust.[4][5]

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.[6][7] 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,[8] The Cortland Review,[9] 3Elements Review,[10] and The New Hampshire Review.[11] 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",[12] and has also written many reviews and works of creative nonfiction.

Personal life[edit]

Shankar was arrested under New York City's stop-and-frisk policy in 2009, and allegedly racially slurred by the New York City Police Department.[13] He subsequently sued and won a small settlement from New York City.

Ravi Shankar was arrested on July 29, 2015 for shoplifting from a Home Depot. He was charged with larceny in the third degree and released on a $5,000 bond. He is due in court on August 12, 2015.[14]

In December 2014, Shankar was arrested and charged with crashing his car and leaving the scene. That case is still pending, as is a third DUI charge.[15]

In 2011 Ravi Shankar was arrested for credit card fraud. He bought $20,000 in soccers tickets and then claim his credit card was stolen. We was sentenced to two years probation, but violated probation and served 90 days in Hartford County Correctional.[16][17]

Before that he had previous convictions for two DUIs, operating with a suspended license, reckless driving over 85 mph, interfering with police, giving police false statements in a credit card fraud scheme and violating his probation. He served a 90-day sentence broken up into several periods.[18]


  1. ^ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/ravi-shankar
  2. ^ http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/ravi-shankar
  3. ^ Ram Devineni. http://jacketmagazine.com/16/dev-iv-shank.html Riding the Boat. (March 2002). Accessed 2006-12-13.
  4. ^ Ravi Shankar on Ravi Shankar The New York Times. (December 2012).
  5. ^ http://chronicle.com/blogs/arts/mondays-poem-breast-feeding-at-the-blue-mosque-by-ravi-shankar/29274 Chronicle of Higher Education
  6. ^ Ravi Shankar and Reb Livingston, Wanton Textiles. Fringe, (March 2006), Issue 2. Accessed 2007-03-09.
  7. ^ Reb Livingston, from Wanton Textiles. Beltway Poetry Quarterly, (Winter 2007), Vol 8, No 1. Accessed 2007-03-09.
  8. ^ Ravi Shankar, Return to Mumbai. Massachusetts Review, (Summer 1999), vol.40, no.2. Accessed 2006-12-13.
  9. ^ Ravi Shankar, Carousel. Cortland Review, (November 2003), Issue 24. Accessed 2006-12-15.
  10. ^ Ravi Shankar, Ridiculing Fascism. 3Elements Review. Fall Journal, Issue No.1 (October 2013)
  11. ^ Ravi Shankar, Dark. New Hampshire Review, (Summer 2005), Vol 1, no.1. Accessed 2006-12-13.
  12. ^ [1] (Summer 2010), Accessed 2006-12-13.
  13. ^ Poet Says He Was Arrested For 'Driving While Brown National Public Radio. (August 20, 2009.). Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  14. ^ Tenured CCSU professor charged with fourth crime since 2011 FoxNews CT (August 5, 2015.)
  15. ^ CCSU professor arrested again WTNH (December 9, 2014.)
  16. ^ [2]
  17. ^ [3]
  18. ^ CCSU Associate Professor On Leave After Two Arrests Hartford Courant (December 02, 2011.)

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