Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah: Photo by Preston Merchant

Sejal Shah’s writing has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize. Her book manuscript, How to Make Your Mother Cry, was 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. She also wrote a biweekly column for the Kenyon Review blog in 2016.

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 City, Sejal has also taught at Mount Holyoke College, Luther College, the University of Rochester, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Currently, she lives and teaches in Rochester, New York. Her next memoir class at Writers & Books begins in October.


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