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Ravi Shankar is the founding editor and Executive Director of Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts. He has published or edited seven books and chapbooks of poetry, including the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize winner, Deepening Groove. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he 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 has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared as a commentator on the BBC and NPR, received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust, on the faculty of the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong and an Associate Professor of English at CCSU.
North Haven, CT
Shipley is Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor and Editor of Connecticut Review at Southern Connecticut State University. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize five times, she has published eight books of poetry and six chapbooks. Raised in Kentucky, with a PhD from Vanderbilt, Shipley was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni in April, 2010. In 2011, she was awarded the Sheila Motton Book Prize from NEPC, The Paterson Review Prize for Service to the Literary Community from the Poetry Center at PCCC, and a CT Arts Grant for Poetry. In 2011-12, she gave numerous poetry readings including ones at West Point(USMA), Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, U of Hartford, Sacred Heart U, SUNY-Binghamton, West Chester U, Salem State U. She lives in North Haven, CT with her husband, Ed Harris, and her dogs, Bear and Bailey.