Known for her sparkly eyeshadow and raucous laughter, Purvi Shah inspires change as a social justice advocate and writer. In 2008, she won the inaugural SONY South Asian Social Service Excellence Award for her leadership fighting violence against women. In 2014, 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 poetry project to highlight Asian American voices. In Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press: 2006), she plumbs migration and belonging. Her new chaplet, Dark Lip of the Beloved: Sound Your Fiery God-Praise (Belladonna*: 2015), explores women’s devotions, status, and being. In 2016, her first play, Light as a Mountain, had a staged reading through INKTank, a playwrights residency by Rising Circle Theater Collective. She serves as a contributing editor to Aster(ix) and a board member of The Poetry Project. Discover more @PurviPoets or http://purvipoets.net.