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Shalini Rana (she/her) is an Indian American poet and writer from Northern Virginia. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation. Her accolades include the 2021 James T. Whitehead Award for Poetry, judged by Kayleb Rae Candrilli; the 2020 Carolyn F. Walton Cole Endowed Fund in Creative Writing; and third place in the 2018 Steger Poetry Prize, judged by Nikki Giovanni.

An Indian American woman with brown eyes and long brown hair sits on a balcony showing the side of her face. The top of her maroon cardigan is visible. A set of lit New York City skyscrapers are blurred in the background.
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