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Sejal Ghia


First Language(s): Gujarati
Second Language(s): English, Hindi, Marathi, French


Sejal Ghia grew up in Mumbai where she received a degree in mass media. She currently lives in Oakland, California with her husband and a dozen houseplants. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The American Journal of Poetry, Right Hand Pointing, and Failed Haiku among others. She writes limericks at https://www.instagram.com/thereoncewasalimerick/


What was your favorite book as a child?

“Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Jules Verne

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

My first poem was in third grade, written for my teacher to express how much I'd miss her during winter break. I think I must have really enjoyed the act of creation, and the surprise and encouragement from parents and teachers, because I never stopped writing after that.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

While hitchhiking from Budapest, a friend and I spontaneously accepted an invitation to stay with the driver's community in the country for a couple of days. It was a beautiful place full of artists, and we had a great time, but in hindsight it was a crazy, and potentially dangerous, idea!

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I don't because I'm easily distracted and would just end up humming along. I do, however, often find inspiration in music.


Lake Merritt
Issue Spring '20

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz