Shilpa Agarwal is the author of the internationally published novel, Haunting Bombay, a literary ghost story set in 1960’s Bombay and a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller. She is the host of the weekly global radio show, Lifeforce, exploring forces that awaken our lives, airing weekly on Rukus Avenue Radio and Dash Radio, and available on all major podcasting platforms. Shilpa was featured on the United Nations’ album, Music to Inspire: Artists United Against Human Trafficking, along with former President Jimmy Carter, Grammy Award-winning musicians, and over fifty artists from around the world. She has been a writer for the Disney animated TV show, Mira, Royal Detective and was a founder and former Artistic Director of the South Asian arts festival, ArtWallah, which ran for twenty years, building a hub of art and community in Los Angeles and across the diaspora. Shilpa was the Fiction Editor at Angels Flight • literary west, a literary and cultural journal focused on Los Angeles and its stories, and a hub of justice, voice, and community. Shilpa earned her B.A. at Duke University in Comparative Areas Studies with a focus on international and women’s literatures. She earned graduate degrees at UCLA in Comparative Literature with a focus on postcolonialism and Women’s Studies. She created and taught an upper-division undergraduate class on South Asian Americans at UCLA and UCSB. 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. She is completing a trilogy of novels set in India that reclaim and resurrect the colonized female body. She is a skilled healer and works in the pranamaya kosha (energetic/lifeforce body) to bring about healing. She is a mother of two daughters and two cats and lives in Los Angeles.
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