Purvi Shah’s debut book of poems, Terrain Tracks, explores migration as potential and loss. Published through New Rivers Press in 2006, the book won the Many Voices Project prize and was nominated for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award in 2007. Shah, who holds an MA in American Literature from Rutgers University, is a former poetry editor of the Asian Pacific American Journal and the recipient of a Virginia Voss Poetry Award from the University of Michigan. Born in Ahmedabad, India, Shah lives in New York City, where she recently served for seven-and-a-half years as the executive director of a community-based anti–domestic violence organization. She is currently consulting on the issue of violence against women, supporting the development of Kundiman (an Asian American poets organization), teaching literature courses at Hunter College, and working toward a second collection of poetry.
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