Purvi Shah is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Ahmedabad, India. Shah believes in the art of transformation and is curious about language as dreamwork for love, transformation, and justice. Her publications include award-winning poetry book Terrain Tracks (2006); Dark Lip of the Beloved: Sound Your Fiery GodPraise (2015). Her productions include a staged reading at Rising Circle Theater Collective of her play, Light as a Mountain (2016). Shah’s residencies and awards include INKTank Playwrights Residency, Rising Circle Theater Collective, New York, NY (2016); Artist-in-Residence, Public Writing, Public Libraries, Grin City Collective, Grinnell, IA (2015); Emerging Poets Fellow, Poets House, New York, NY (2013); Travel & Study Grant, Jerome Foundation, New York, NY (2010); and Winner of the SONY South Asian Excellence Award for Social Services, New York, NY (2008). In 2014, through the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, she co-led a creative workshop against gender violence, Movement to Power. During the 10th anniversary of 9/11, she directed Together We Are New York, a community-based poetry project to highlight Asian American voices and experiences. Shah serves as a contributing editor to Aster(ix) and is a board member of The Poetry Project. Shah holds a B.A from the University of Michigan and an M.A from Rutgers University.

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