With more than 17 years of experience as an educator, Ravi Shankar strives to instill a love of poetry in his students at such universities as Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), City University of Hong Kong, Eastern Mediterranean University, and Fairfield University. An expert in the fields of poetry, creative writing, and literature, he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes and serves as a mentor to graduate students. Ravi Shankar also composes poetry and academic works about literature and writing. After earning his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, Ravi Shankar enrolled at Columbia University, where he pursued a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. As an undergraduate student, he volunteered as a poetry teacher for a local elementary school. Mr. Shankar parlayed his academic success, love of literature, and prowess as an educator into a career as a professor, working first as a Writing Teacher at Bank Street University. Later, he accepted a position as an Associate Professor at Columbia University, where he taught composition. Today, Ravi Shankar serves as a member of the faculty for several universities and writers’ conferences. He also co-directs the Creative Writing minor program at CCSU. His work at CCSU, where he is the Poet-in-Residence, garnered him a tenured position in 2008. In addition to his successful career as a professor, Ravi Shankar edits such literary publications as the Drunken Boat, one of the oldest Web-based journals for art and literature. He assembled the work of numerous artists for New Century: Poetry from Asia, the Middle East, and Beyond, a 2008 anthology which he co-edited with two colleagues. The author of several collections of poetry, Mr. Shankar more recent works have appeared in The HarperCollins Book of Modern English Poetry by Indians and New Pony: A Horse Less Anthology.