Sejal Shah is an essayist, fiction writer, and longtime teacher of writing. 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); The Writer’s Chronicle; and others.
She has been awarded fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Kundiman, Marymount Manhattan College, the Millay Colony for the Arts, New York University, and the Ragdale Foundation. She was also the recipient of two year-long Writer-in-Residence fellowships / visiting faculty positions at Mount Holyoke College (MA) and Luther College (Iowa).
Sejal holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in English / Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She spent six years as an assistant professor of English at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, teaching creative writing, ethnic American literature, Asian American literature, contemporary literature, and memoir. She lives in Rochester, New York, and currently teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at the University of Rochester and Writers & Books. She also works with clients privately as a writing coach, editor, & mentor.