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 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, NYSCA Grant

Ravi Shankar (born 1975) is an Indian American poet, 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 for which he won the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize and which was called "the work of one of America's finest younger poets".[citation needed] 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 translatedThe Autobiography of a Goddess, a collection of poems of the 9th century Tamil poet/saint Andal.[2] He has won a Pushcart Prize, been nominated for a Poets' Prize and served as a judge for numerous poetry related competitions.[citation needed] He is also featured on the Poetry Foundation[3] and the Academy of American Poets website.[4] 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.


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 and the Chronicle of Higher Education.[6][7]

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.[8][9] His chapbook Voluptuous Bristle, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010. His chapbook "Seamless Matter" was published by Rain Taxi Books in 2011.[citation needed]

Shankar's poetry has been published in such places as The Paris Review, The Massachusetts Review,[10] The Cortland Review,[11] 3Elements Review,[12] and The New Hampshire Review.[13] 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",[14] and has also written many reviews and works of creative nonfiction.[citation needed]

Shankar resigned from teaching at CCSU following a number of arrests including credit card fraud, drunken driving and shoplifting.[15]


  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. ^ Ravi Shankar and Reb Livingston, Wanton Textiles. Fringe, (March 2006), Issue 2. Accessed 2007-03-09.
  9. ^ Reb Livingston, from Wanton Textiles. Beltway Poetry Quarterly, (Winter 2007), Vol 8, No 1. Accessed 2007-03-09.
  10. ^ Ravi Shankar, Return to Mumbai. Massachusetts Review, (Summer 1999), vol.40, no.2. Accessed 2006-12-13.
  11. ^ Ravi Shankar, Carousel. Cortland Review, (November 2003), Issue 24. Accessed 2006-12-15.
  12. ^ Ravi Shankar, Ridiculing Fascism. 3Elements Review. Fall Journal, Issue No.1 (October 2013)
  13. ^ Ravi Shankar, Dark. New Hampshire Review, (Summer 2005), Vol 1, no.1. Accessed 2006-12-13.
  14. ^ [1] (Summer 2010), Accessed 2006-12-13.
  15. ^ http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-shankar-resigns-0204-20160203-story.html

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