Sejal Shah is an essayist, fiction writer, sometimes poet, and longtime 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 stories and essays have appeared 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. She also served as a columnist for the Kenyon Review Blog in 2016. She is the recipient of residencies from Blue Mountain Center, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and NYU, as well as fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Kundiman, and the Ragdale Foundation.
Sejal holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Previously an assistant professor of English at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, she has also taught creative writing at Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts), Luther College (Iowa), the University of Rochester, and the University of Massachusetts. Currently, she lives and teaches in Rochester, New York.