Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah: Photo by Preston Merchant

Sejal Shah is an essayist, fiction writer, poet, and longtime teacher of writing. She is also the daughter of Gujarati parents who immigrated to the US from India and Kenya. Her writing has appeared in The Asian American Literary Review; Brevity; Conjunctions; Denver Quarterly; Indiana Review; the Kenyon Review; The Literary Review; The Massachusetts Review; The Margins; Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America (Seal Press); The Writer’s Chronicle; and others.

Sejal has been awarded fellowships, grants, and residencies from Blue Mountain Center, The Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Kundiman, Luther College, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Mount Holyoke College, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York University, Poets & Writers, the Ragdale Foundation, the Sanskriti Foundation in India, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her invited readings and presentations include appearances at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Smith College, Amherst College, Wellesley College, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the Bowery Poetry Club, Hamilton College, Grinnell College, Poets House, the Poetry Project, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Sejal holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in English / Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She teaches creative writing privately and at Writers & Books, a nonprofit literary organization. She has also taught at Luther College (Iowa), Marymount Manhattan College (New York City), Mount Holyoke (Massachusetts), UMass Amherst, and the University of Rochester. In 2017, she will be a Peter Taylor Fellow in Nonfiction at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop; a resident at The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; and on the faculty of the Gell Summer Intensive. She lives in her hometown of Rochester, New York.

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