Indian American poet Raena Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017). Her poems & reviews have appeared in Blackbird, Ninth Letter, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Pleiades, Four Way Review, & elsewhere. Born in Houston, Texas, & raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Shirali earned her MFA from The Ohio State University. She has performed at such venues as: the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center in NYC, Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab, Slam Free or Die, College of Charleston, & many more. As an educator & when she isn't teaching at the college level, Shirali gives craft talks on the political weight of poetic endings, highlighting voices of color & immigrant & contemporary voices. From Indiana University's MFA students, to Wright State University's undergraduate creative writers, to College of Charleston's Philosophy Aesthetics Work Group, to Charleston County School of the Arts' high school writers, Shirali has adapted her craft talks & essays for a range of students at differing levels in their artistic educations. She currently lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where she is the Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry, & serves as a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine. Her obsessions include coasts, gold, red wine, & her pit mix puppy. 

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notable credits

Winner, Spring 2017 Philip Roth Residency at Bucknell University's Stadler Center
Winner, 2016 Pushcart Prize
Winner, 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, selected by Claudia Rankine
Winner, 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, selected by Rachel Zucker
Winner,“Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize
Winner, 2012 University Fellowship from The Ohio State University
Finalist, 2015 YesYes Books Pamet River Prize
Finalist, 2016 Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, selected by Tracy K. Smith
Finalist, 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellowship
Semi-Finalist, 2015 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize