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Poet Ravi Shankar Visits Eastern

Written by Kate Harner


RaviShankar.JPGWillimantic, CT -- Ravi Shankar, associate professor of English and poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University, will hold a poetry reading at Eastern Connecticut State University. The event, which is hosted by Eastern's English Club, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Room 301 of the Science Building. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Shankar will be reading from his book of poems, "Instrumentality," which was a 2005 Connecticut Book Awards Finalist, as well as selections from his new book, "Deepening Groove," which was awarded the National Poetry Review Prize and will be published in 2011. Shankar is a founding editor of the international online journal of the arts, "Drunken Boat," and a co-author of the collaborative chapbook, "Wanton Textiles," with Reb Livingston.

His awards include the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize and the Bennet Prize for Poetry at Columbia University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in poetry. Shankar has received a 2009 Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Fellowship in Poetry, as well as fellowships from Breadloaf Writer's Conference, the Blue Mountain Center and the MacDowell Colony.

Shankar currently reviews submissions for the "Contemporary Poetry Review" and serves on the faculty of the Wesleyan Writers Conference, Stonecoast Writers Conference and in the first international MFA program in Creative Writing at City University of Hong Kong.

For more information, contact the English Club at


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