Ravi Shankar is an American poet. He is the poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of the online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat. His first book, Instrumentality, was published by Cherry Grove in May 2004, and was a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards. He co-wrote Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books, 2006) with Reb Livingston, selections of which were published in Fringe Magazine and Beltway Poetry Quarterly.
Shankar received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia where he worked with Gregory Orr, and his master's degree in poetry from Columbia University's School of the Arts, where he studied with Lucie Brock-Broido and Richard Howard. Shankar's poetry has been published in such places as The Massachusetts Review, The Cortland Review, and The New Hampshire Review. His critical work has appeared in The Iowa Review,among other publications. He co-edited an anthology of contemporary Arab and Asian poetry, along with poets Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, published by Norton in Spring 2008.