Sejal Shah is an essayist, fiction writer, poet, & teacher of writing. Her work has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize, and her current book manuscript was named a finalist for the 2016 The Journal / The Ohio State University Press Non/Fiction Collection Prize, the 2016 Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Essay Collection Competition, and the 2016 Kore Press Memoir-in-Essays Award.
Her essays and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Asian American Literary Review; Brevity; Conjunctions; Denver Quarterly; Indiana Review; Kenyon Review; The Literary Review; The Massachusetts Review; The Margins; Under Her Skin (Seal Press); and others. In addition, she served as a biweekly columnist for the Kenyon Review Blog in 2016.
She is the recipient of artist residencies from Blue Mountain Center, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and New York University, as well as fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Kundiman, and the Ragdale Foundation.
Previously an assistant professor at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, Sejal has also taught creative writing at Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts), Luther College (Iowa), the University of Rochester (New York), and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Currently, she lives & teaches in Rochester, New York.