Shalini Rana is a poet and writer from Virginia. In 2021, she was awarded the James T. Whitehead Award for Poetry, judged by Kayleb Rae Candrilli. She won third place in the 2018 Steger Poetry Prize at Virginia Tech, selected by Nikki Giovanni. Currently she is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation.

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.