Ravi Shankar


119 Main St.
Chester, CT 06412

Author's Bio

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.

Publications & Prizes

Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond (W. W. Norton & Company, 2015)
Deepening Groove (National Poetry Review Press, 2011)
Instrumentality (Cherry Grove, 2004)
Prizes won: 

Pushcart Prize, Connecticut Commission on Arts & Tourism Artist Fellowship, Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, BOMB Poetry Prize (runner up), SLS Poetry Prize (runner up), Spoon River Poetry Prize (runner up)

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Indian American
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English, Euskara, French
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Last update: Aug 08, 2018