Sejal Shah is a writer and teacher of writing. The daughter of Gujarati parents who immigrated to the United States from India and Kenya, she grew up in western New York. Her essays, stories, and poems appear widely in print and online—including Brevity; Conjunctions; Kenyon Review Online; The Literary ReviewThe Margins; The Rumpus; Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America (Seal Press); and others. Currently, she is completing a book of essays and a story collection.

Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah: Photo by Preston Merchant

She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) / New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) Fellowship in Fiction (2018); other fellowships, residencies, and grants include awards from The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary StudiesBlue Mountain Center, the Kenyon Review Writers WorkshopKundiman, the Millay Colony for the Arts, New York University, Poets & Writers, the Ragdale Foundation, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Sejal holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Rochester, New York.