About Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar is a poet, prose writer, and editor who has published work in Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, Paris Review, Massachusetts Review, Gulf Coast, Lit, Crowd, Descant, Indiana Review, Western Humanities Review, Mississippi Review, and Gulf Coast, among others. He has taught literature and writing at Columbia University, Queens College and will be teaching at Central Connecticut State University in the fall. He is the founding editor of the internationally renowned journal of the arts, Drunken Boat, and has participated in panels for the Electronic Literature Organization and Poet's House. He has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Recently he helped edit an anthology of Asian American writing for the monthly poetry journal, Big City Lit, in conjunction with the ten-year anniversary of the Asian American Writers Workshop.


Ravi Shankar Has written the following articles:


Surveying the Landscape

Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions by Maurice Manning. Yale University Press, 2001.

Small Gods of Grief by Laura-Anne Bosselaar. Boa Editions, 2001.

Saunter by Joshua Mckinney.continue reading...

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Reformulating Forms 

A Close Reading of Two Contemporary Indian Poets

As Reviewed By: Ravi Shankar

The world’s largest secular democracy has been exporting its letters in English for a few literary generations, but in the wake of a few luminaries—Rabindranath Tagore or more recently, Arundhati Roy—many strident, lyrical voices have gone unrecognized (after all, this wave of Indian poets and novelists, for all the hype, is still but a ripple in publishing in terms of sheer numbers).… continue reading...

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Tallying the Hemispheres 

Crucible by Daniel Bosch. Winner of the Boston Review’s First Annual Poetry Contest. Handsel Books, 2002.

Discography by Sean Singer. Yale Series of Younger Poets. Yale University Press, 2002.continue reading...

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Output and Ingathering: A Survey of First Books 

Notes from the Divided Country by Suji Kwock Kim. Louisiana State University Press, 2003.

20 Poems by Seán MacFalls. Peregrine Press, 2001.

Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive
by Patrick Rosal.
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Reformulating Forms

A Close Reading of Two Contemporary Indian Poets

As Reviewed By: Ravi Shankar

The world’s largest secular democracy has been exporting its letters in English for a few literary generations, but in the wake of a few luminaries-Rabindranath Tagore or more recently, Arundhati Roy-many strident, lyrical voices have gone unrecognized (after all, this wave of Indian poets and novelists, for all the hype, is still but a ripple in publishing in terms of sheer numbers).… continue reading...

Posted in April 2004: Indian Poetry in English, Featured, ReviewsComments (0)