Sejal Shah is the author of the forthcoming book, This Is One Way to Dance (University of Georgia Press, Spring 2020). This essay collection explores identity, language, movement, and place. The daughter of Gujarati parents who immigrated to the United States from India and Kenya, Sejal grew up in Rochester, New York. Her essays and stories appear widely in print and online—including Brevity; Conjunctions; Kenyon Review; The Literary Review; The Margins; The Rumpus; Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America (Seal Press); and others.
She is the recipient of a 2018 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) / New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) Fellowship in Fiction; other awards include fellowships and residencies from The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Blue Mountain Center, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Kundiman, the Millay Colony for the Arts, New York University, Poets & Writers, the Ragdale Foundation, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Sejal holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in English / Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a longtime teacher of creative writing, at colleges, privately and in community-based workshops. After many years of living in New York City and New England, Sejal returned to western New York. She lives with her family close to where she grew up, near an Olmsted park known for its lilacs.