Ravi Shankar

Connecticut, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

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.

Website: http://www.drunkenboat.com

Twitter Username: @empurpler


  • Pushcart Prize(2011)
  • National Poetry Review Prize(2010)
  • Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Artist Fellowship(2009)
  • Finalist Connecticut Book Awards(2005)


  • Faculty at City University of Hong Kong (September 2010 - )
  • Associate Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University (September 2002 - )
  • Executive Dirctor at Drunken Boat (January 1999 - )
  • Chairman at Connecticut Young Writers Trust (January 2010 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Modern Studies (English) from University of Virginia (May 1996)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Columbia University (May 2000)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry