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Reena Shah is a writer, dancer, and educator. She is the winner of the 2019 Third Coast Fiction prize and the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Award. Her work has appeared in the Texas ReviewJet Fuel ReviewOrigins Journal, and Chalkbeat, among others. She has been a finalist for several contests and awards, notably a Crossfields fellowship at the Cuttyhunk Island Residency in 2018, Narrative Magazine’s Short Story Contest, Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize, the Calvino Prize, the New Millennium Short Story Award, and the New Letters Fiction Award. She is also the author of the biography Movement in Stills: the Dance and Life of Kumudini Lakhia (MapinLit) and has been a longstanding member of the Parul Shah Dance Company. She has taught in public schools for over a decade and spent several years in India with the Akanksha Foundation developing schools in Mumbai and Pune. She is currently at work on a collection of stories and lives between Brooklyn and Monteverde, Costa Rica with her husband and two young sons.