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Shalini Rana is a poet from Virginia and an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation. In 2021, she was awarded the James T. Whitehead Award for Poetry, judged by Kayleb Rae Candrilli. She won third place in the Giovanni-Steger Poetry Prize at Virginia Tech in 2018. In addition to her own work, she serves as social media editor and nonfiction reader for The Arkansas International.