Sejal A. Shah is the recipient of a 2018 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. Her first book of essays is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press through its literary nonfiction series, Crux. Her fiction manuscript, How to Make Your Mother Cry, was a finalist for the 2017 Mary McCarthy Prize from Sarabande Books and the 2017 Robert C. Jones Prize from Pleiades Press. Her nonfiction manuscript, Things People Say, was a finalist for the 2017 Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Essay Collection Prize and the Kore Press Memoir-in-Essays Prize. She lives in Rochester, New York.