Ravi Shankar is poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of the online journal of the arts, drunkenboat.com. His first book, Instrumentality, was recently published by Word Press. His work has previously appeared in such places as The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, Descant, LIT, Crowd, The Cortland Review, Catamaran, The Indiana Review, Western Humanities Review, The Iowa Review and AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, among other publications. He has read at such venues as The National Arts Club, Columbia University, KGB, and the Cornelia Street Café, has held residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, has served on panels at UCLA, Poet’s House, South-by-Southwest Interactive/Film Festival, and the AWP Conference in Baltimore, been a commentator for NPR and Wesleyan radio, reviews poetry for the Contemporary Poetry Review and is currently editing an anthology of South Asian, East Asian, and Middle Eastern poetry. You can read an interview with him at jacketmagazine.com. He does not play the sitar.
Ravi Shankar’s “The New Trancendence,” “Ode to Quickies,” and “Blue Circus, Oil Paint on Canvas, 1950” appear in Caketrain Issue 02.
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