Raena Shirali


Assistant Professor

M.F.A., Creative Writing, The Ohio State University
B.A., English and Creative Writing, College of Charleston

Courses Taught

ENGL 115: Public Speaking

Recent Presentations/Publications


  • GILT (YesYesBooks, 2017)


  • “lucky inhabitant” & “self-portrait in the oppressor’s vernacular,” They Rise Like A Wave: An
    Anthology of Asian American Women Poets (Blue Oak Press), Forthcoming.
  • “Jodhpur, Jharkhand, Philadelphia” and “GOD OF NEW BEGINNINGS, I CELEBRATE
    YOU POORLY,” The Rumpus, 2019.
  • “ojha : rituals,” Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day, 2019.
  • “daayan at gold streak river,” Poetry Daily, 2019.
  • “at first, trying to reach the accused,” “before plantations, women rustle the brush together,”
    & “daayan senses the ojha,” American Poetry Review, 2018.
  • “daayan, feet facing forward” & “the procession,” Blackbird, 2017. 
  • “Kopili, 8:30am,” Crab Orchard Review, 2017.
  • “daayan summons the village ‘goddess,’” BOAAT, 2017.
  • “scenario three : ways you asked for it,” Day One, 2017.
  • “DARE I WRITE IT,” Dusie, 2016.
  • “tristesse” & “Dharavi,” Indiana Review, 2016.
  • “Holi: Equinox Approaches,” Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses, 2016.
  • “[feet planted],” “Fishing With Broken Lure,” & “cells:,” Crazyhorse, 2015.
  • “black magic,” Ninth Letter, 2015.
  • “New Year as an Extremophile,” Quarterly West, May 2014.
  • “At the Peninsula’s Tipping Point,” The Nervous Breakdown, 2013.

Book Reviews

  • Symposium on Analicia Sotelo’s Virgin, West Branch, Winter 2019.
  • “The Authors of Our Own Unknowns: Self-Invention in Women’s’ Poetry” (a review of Traci Brimhall’s Saudade, Victoria Chang’s Barbie Chang, & Shayla Lawson’s I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean), West Branch, Winter 2019.
  • “Poetry of Place in Debuts by Women of Color” (a review of Tiana Clark’s Equilibrium, Claudia Cortese’s Wasp Queen, Michelle Lin’s A House Made of Water, & Shelley Wong’s Rare Birds), West Branch, Winter 2018.
Awards and Honors
  • PEN America Writer’s Grant, 2019.
  • Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, Binghamton University, 2018.
  • VIDA Scholarship, 2018.
  • Philip Roth Poetry Residency, 2017.
  • Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses, 2016.
  • Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, 2016.
  • Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, 2014.
  • Boston Review/”Discovery” Poetry Prize, 2013.
  • University Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2012–2013.
Additional Info

Editorial Positions

  • Senior Poetry Editor, Muzzle Magazine, 2016-Present.
  • Poetry Editor, Vinyl Magazine, 2017-2019.
  • Peer Reviewer, Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. 2015-2016.
  • Reviews Editor, The Journal, 2013-2015
Raena Shirali
Office: HFH 310
Phone: 267-341-3243