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About Shilpa Agarwal

Shilpa Agarwal is the author of the internationally-published literary ghost story, Haunting Bombay, a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller and a winner of the First Words Literary Prize for South Asian Writers.


She is also a pranic healer, decolonial academic, and radio host. She currently teaches two courses based in the healing practices of India: 'The Yoga of Motherhood' and 'Mother Womb - Engaging the Divine Feminine.'


Shilpa has hosted a weekly global radio show, Lifeforce, exploring the forces that awaken our lives, and was featured on the United Nations’ album, Music to Inspire: Artists United Against Human Trafficking. Shilpa has been a freelance writer for the Disney animated TV show, Mira, Royal Detective.


She was a founder and former Artistic Director of the South Asian American arts festival, ArtWallah, building a hub of art and community. She earned her BA from Duke University in International Studies, Women's Studies, and Asian Literature. She earned her MA and CPhil from UCLA in Comparative Literature, specializing in Postcolonial Studies. She taught at UCLA and UCSB.

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Shilpa is a writer of social justice and the inner world, seeking truth where it has been buried, and striving always for moments of hope, strength, and grace. Her writing is informed by glimpses into awakening, especially during real and metaphoric crossings: the living meet the dead, the heavens and earth clash, the powerful and the powerless collide.


She is currently completing a trilogy that reclaims and resurrects the female body, and finishing her doctorate in Postcolonial Studies and Yoga Psychology.

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