Sejal Shah is an essayist, fiction writer, poet, and longtime teacher of writing. Her work has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize, and her recent book manuscript was a finalist in 2016 for The Journal / The Ohio State University Press Non / Fiction Collection Prize, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Essay Collection Competition, and the 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; Post, Under Her Skin (Seal Press); The Writer’s Chronicle; and others. In 2016, she also served as a biweekly columnist for the Kenyon Review Blog. 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 at Mount Holyoke College, Luther College, and the University of Massachusetts. She lives in Rochester, NY, and teaches creative writing at the University of Rochester and Writers & Books, a community-based literary center.