About Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah's writing has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize, and her work appears in The Asian American Literary Review, Brevity, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, The Margins, and others. In 2016, she also served as a regular columnist for the Kenyon Review Blog. Her book manuscript, How to Make Your Mother Cry, was a finalist for both the 2016 The Journal/The Ohio State University Press Non/Fiction Collection Prize and the 2016 Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Essay Collection Competition. She lives and teaches in Rochester, New York. Visit sejal-shah.com.

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Trauma Privilege

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