Sejal Shah’s writing has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Her short stories and lyric essays appear in journals and books including The Asian American Literary Review; Brevity; Denver Quarterly; Drunken Boat; Hanging Loose; Indiana Review; The Kenyon Review Online; The Literary Review; The Massachusetts Review; Pleiades; Web Conjunctions; Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America (Seal Press) and others. Her profiles and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Wellesley alumnae magazine and AWP’s the Writer’s Chronicle.
Her poems are included in Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Writing (University of Arkansas Press) and Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America (The Asian American Writers’ Workshop / Temple University Press). She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize.
She is also the recipient of fellowships or residencies from Blue Mountain Center, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Kundiman, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York University, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Sanskriti Foundation.
The daughter of Gujarati immigrants from India and Kenya, Sejal was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She taught creative writing at Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts) and Luther College (Iowa) as a visiting assistant professor/post-MFA Scholar and Writer-in-Residence, and at Marymount Manhattan College (New York City), where she was an assistant professor of English.
Currently, she teaches English at the Harley School and creative writing at the University of Rochester; she also serves as a writing mentor through Writers & Books, a nonprofit community-based literary arts center.