Shalini Rana is a poet, translator, and essayist. She's currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arkansas, where she won the James T. Whitehead Award for Poetry (judged by Kayleb Rae Candrilli) and the Carolyn F. Walton Cole Endowed Fund in Creative Writing. Shalini received her BA degrees from Virginia Tech, where she won third place in the Steger Poetry Prize judged by Nikki Giovanni. She “studied” at the School of Rock for four years to learn musicianship, public speaking, and performance. Shalini hails from Northern Virginia.