2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran


Shanthi Sekaran is a writer and educator who lives in Berkeley, California. Her recent novel, Lucky Boy (Penguin Random House), was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times calls it "brilliantly agonizing" and USA Today says "Lucky Boy pulses with vitality, pumped with the life breath of human sin and love."

She teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts, and is a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her first novel, The Prayer Room, was published by MacAdam Cage. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Canteen Magazine, The Rumpus and LitHub.

A graduate of Rio Americano High School class of 1995, she lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children. When she's not writing, she's playing soccer, watching her kids play soccer, teaching creative writing and mentoring emerging writers.