Priya A. Shah

Priya A. Shah

Priya A. Shah lives in Chicago. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010, where she studied magazine journalism and fiction writing. She has been a staff writer for GMO since 2007. She’s written and interned for various media outlets such as India Tribune, Today's Chicago Woman, Tribune Media Services, GlossMagazineOnline and Echo (the student produced magazine for Columbia College Chicago). She’s contributed to A Fresh Squeeze (, an online publication for green living in Chicago, and her school newspaper, The Columbia Chronicle.

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A Mouse Made Me Cry: An experience in India

Published in Creative Writing
Sunday, 09 November 2008 19:09

They are probably one of the smallest creatures that I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen plenty), but they are probably on the top ten list of things I’m afraid of. I’m well aware that there are probably millions of people that suffer from Musophobia (fear of mice) but there was one precise mouse that I can’t forget—this mouse I diagnosis as crazy!

It doesn’t matter if it’s two teenagers kissing in the back row of a movie theater, or an old married couple pecking each other on the cheek as they feed the pigeons in the park. In today’s world we’re used to seeing heterosexual kissing everywhere. Homosexual kissing is usually looked upon as unusual and when some people actually spot a gay couple kissing, they stare at them as if it’s the most unnatural thing in the world. But is there really a significant difference between homosexual kissing and heterosexual kissing?

Dying Heart

Published in Creative Writing
Friday, 05 September 2008 14:06

Fighting in battle! Ready to lose
A heart not destroyed, but only bruised
Pumping my blood, which connects to my brain
What good has this heart done for me?

To find yourself there are many processes you have to go through. You have to define yourself, find your traits, your voice, your style, and your passions. I’m sure you know by now that it’s not easy. You’ve tried school or finished school— maybe you’re currently enrolled as an undergrad or you’ve already graduated.

After the Women’s Right’s Movement in the 1960s, equality among men and women has progressed to a great extent but even so, the wage gap between genders still persists within a workplace today. More and more women are working and providing for themselves but they are still domesticated in the outside world because of their sex. The question, why men still make more money than women, is difficult to answer.

GMO Short Story: Station Mission

Published in Creative Writing
Thursday, 26 June 2008 18:48

As the sun arose one humid day, Al Sidetheeevendooor awoke into a gorgeous, thirteen-pound peacock with blue, green and gold feathers in his wings. It looked as though he had millions of tail feathers. As he looked behind his new body, he noticed he had a long green tail, which was about five feet tall. On his king-size bed, Al stood on his very thin boneless legs, almost like a giant beast and looked down upon his feet only to see that they looked like pointy claws ready to attack.

Crystal clear perfect little drops are falling from the sky tonight.

The rain is slithering onto the green land.

It is damping my face, sliding down my cheeks and dripping from my chin.

The rain pours and pours and pours.

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