The son of Indian immigrants, Ashim Shanker was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University, and worked in New York in the wireless communications industry briefly before relocating to Tokyo, Japan, where he was employed for 11 years as a teacher and a content planner for textbooks and learning software. Working 3-4 different jobs at any given time, he managed to write and independently publish his first novel, "Don't Forget to Breathe," in 2008. Upon finishing, he decided to continue the narrative as a series entitled "Migrations," and proceeded to write its second installment, "Only the Deplorable" (2013). This was quickly followed by his first book of poems and short stories, "Sinew of the Social Species" (2014). Currently, Shanker's books are read in over 80 countries.
His experiences teaching in international and public school environments have contributed to his fervent advocacy for systemic reform in global educational policy and delivery. Hoping in the future to devise educational environments which offer greater outlets for exploratory learning and intercultural understanding, he is currently pursuing graduate study in International Education Policy at Harvard University. He is also currently working on the third installment of the "Migrations" series. In his own words: "Writing has always been both the catalyst and the fuel for my external endeavors. My only hope is that it will remain so." Ashim Shanker currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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VideosAshim Shanker at PYT 7 in Tokyo Apr. 18th, 2010
“...I speak to you now from a place far away: through spectral fields of such vastness that I am a mere particle, spinning in orbit—sometimes evolving, sometimes devolving in evanescent sentience over a probabilistic course of uncertain trajectory. I shan’t say anymore about this until we meet again…”
Copyright 2010 by Ashim Shanker
Migrations, Volume II: Only the Deplorable
by Ashim Shanker
Was it possible to feel nostalgic about something that had never happened to him, possible for nostalgia to be taken in by the body as a free pathogen to infect the consciousness with stray sentiments? Perhaps, in his dreams, he had traveled back in time, or even drifted into another dimension of space-time and inhabited the body, experiences, and nostalgia of another.
Migrations, Volume I : Don't Forget to Breathe
by Ashim Shanker
"...he could imagine the Dust spiraling in corners, plotting en masse an elaborate offensive upon those who sought seclusion from the outside Universe. The Dust: it was older than Time, bound by its allegiance to the Tangible—to the very Physical Substance of creation— to make pointed attacks fueled by conspiracy upon its bitter rival, the amorphously-composed Intangible Will.." (p.202)
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