Purvi Shah

Purvi Shah cultivates healing through anti-violence advocacy and creating art. Her recent book, Miracle Marks (Northwestern University Press, 2019), explores gender violence, racial inequity, and the possibilities of the sacred. Her debut prize-winning book, Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press, 2006), plumbs migration, lineages, and belonging.

During the 10th anniversary of 9/11, with Kundiman, she directed Together We Are New York, a community-based poetry project highlighting Asian American voices. She has led creative expression workshops with survivors of violence and enabled storytelling on surviving to thriving. She won a SONY South Asian Social Service Excellence Award for her leadership fighting violence against women.

With Anjali Deshmukh, she creates interactive public art at Their participatory project, Missed Fortunes, documented pandemic rituals to create poetry with visual art & a community archive for healing.

Purvi relishes sparkly eyeshadow, raucous laughter, and seeking justice.


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