Sejal Shah’s writing has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize. Her essays and short stories appear 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. Her book manuscript, How to Make Your Mother Cry, was recently named a finalist for both the 2016 The Journal / Ohio University Press Non/Fiction Collection Prize and the 2016 Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Essay Collection Competition.
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 of English at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, Sejal has also taught creative writing at Mount Holyoke College, Luther College, the University of Rochester, and the University of Massachusetts. Currently, she lives in Rochester, New York and teaches creative nonfiction at Writers & Books.