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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.
New Haven, CT
Vivian Shipley is Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor, Editor Emeritus of Connecticut Review and teaches at SCSU where she was named Faculty Scholar 3 times. Raised in Kentucky, she has a PhD from Vanderbilt and is a member of University of Kentucky's Hall of Distinguished Alumni, the highest honor a graduate can receive. She was awarded the 2015 Hackney Award for Poetry for "Foxfire." She has published 6 chapbooks and 11 books. Perennial (2015, Negative Capability Press)is the 2016-17 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The Poet was published in 2015 by Louisiana Literature Press at Southeastern Louisiana University.Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, her 9th book, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased (2010, Louisiana Literature Press, SLU)was awarded the 2011 Sheila Motton Book Prize from NEPC, The Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, CT Press Club Award for Best Creative Writing and was a Milt Kessler Poetry Prize and CT Poetry Book Prize Finalist. Recipient of a CT Arts Grant for Poetry, she gives numerous national and state readings. In 2014-15, she gave the Soyka Humanities Fund Reading at Misericordia U, did workshops and readings at U of Central Florida, Alabama Writer's Conclave, Villanova U, MA Poetry Festival, and The Poet's Voice, Darien, CT. Prior to 2014, she has also read at West Point(USMA), Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, UT, UK, 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.