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Poets Tina Chang and Ravi Shankar to Give Reading Nov. 15

Story posted November 07, 2007

Tina Chang

Poets Tina Chang and Ravi Shankar will give a public reading at Bowdoin College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2007, at the Donald B. MacMillan House, 5 McKeen Street.

The event is free and open to the public.

Chang's and Shankar's visit is sponsored by From the Fishouse, an online audio archive of emerging poets, in conjunction with the Bowdoin College Residential Life Office.


Tina Chang is the author of Half-Lit Houses (Four Way Books, 2004). Her poems have appeared in American Poet, Indiana Review, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, and Sonora Review, and have been anthologized in Identity Lessons (Penguin Putnam, 1999), Poetry Nation (Vehicule Press, 1998), Asian American Literature (McGraw-Hill, 2001), Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (University of Illinois Press, 2004), and Poetry 30: Poets in Their Thirties.

She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers and the Van Lier Foundation, and has held writing fellowships from Fundación Valparaíso, The MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center and Villa Montalvo.

She earned her MFA at Columbia University and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and Hunter College.

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar is poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University. His first book of poems, Instrumentality, was published in 2004 by Word Press.

His work has previously appeared or is forthcoming 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 The AWP Writer's Chronicle.


He has been a commentator on NPR, Wesleyan Radio, and KKUP's "Out of Our Minds." 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, reviews poetry for the Contemporary Poetry Review and is currently editing an anthology of South Asian, East Asian, and Middle Eastern poetry.

Half-Lit Houses and Instrumentality are available at the Bowdoin College Bookstore, and will be on sale at the event.

Listen to poems by Tina Chang and Ravi Shankar online at From the Fishouse.

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