Wednesday, March 15, 2006

5/16: Robin Beth Schaer and Ravi Shankar

Please join us on Tuesday, May 16 for the second installment of the Ordinary Evening Reading Series:

Robin Beth Schaer is the Queen of Birds and a third-generation New Yorker. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in Rattapallax, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, Painted Bride Quarterly, and is forthcoming in Barrow Street. She is the chief online editor at the Academy of American Poets and has taught literature and writing at Columbia University and Cooper Union.

Ravi Shankar is poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of the international online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat. His first book Instrumentality, was published by Cherry Grove in May 2004 and named a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards. His creative and critical work has previously appeared in such places as The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, Blackbird, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, Ambit, Catamaran and the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, among other publications. He has served as a commentator for NPR, and appeared on KKUP and Wesleyan radio. He currently reviews poetry for the Contemporary Poetry Review and is editing an anthology of South Asian, East Asian, and Middle Eastern poetry, due out in Fall 2007. You can read an interview with him at Jacket. He does not play the sitar.