Shamala Gallagher is a poet and essayist. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in PoetryBlack Warrior ReviewThe Missouri ReviewVerse DailyCopper Nickel, West Branch, Eleven ElevenVOLTThe Offing, and The Rumpus, among other journals, as well as in the anthology Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Art (Rabbit Fool Press, 2015). Her chapbook I Learned the Language of Barbs and Sparks No One Spoke was published by dancing girl press in 2015. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin, and she has received fellowships from Kundiman, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute.

Shamala grew up in an Indian/Irish American family in a predominantly Asian American community of San Jose, California. She has worked as a case manager for homeless families in San Francisco and for HIV+ individuals in Austin, TX. She has volunteered and worked in several domestic violence shelters, and she has taught writing workshops in public schools and community centers. She currently teaches creative and critical writing at the University of Georgia in Athens, where she's pursuing a PhD in English.