Sejal Shah is an essayist, fiction writer, and teacher of writing. Her work has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize, and her book manuscript, How to Make Your Mother Cry, was 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.
Her essays and short stories appear 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 2016, she also wrote a biweekly column for the Kenyon Review Blog.
She is the recipient of artist residencies from Blue Mountain Center, the Millay Colony for the Arts, & New York University, as well as fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Kundiman, & 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, Luther College, the University of Rochester, & the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.