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Shelley Seale

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Shelley Seale is a freelance journalist based in Austin, Texas. She has over 10 years' experience reporting and writing on topics of social and cultural significance. Currently she is writing a nonfiction book called "The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India." The book is about orphans and other vulnerable children in India and the issues impacting them, such as AIDS, child labor, trafficking and the sex trade. Shelley has been working with orphaned children in India since 2003, and has traveled there three times since 2005 to research the plight and social issues confronting the vulnerable child population.

Her work on this topic has appeared in InfoChange India (May 2007), (May 2007), Global Voices Online (March 2007), Raving Dove Literary Journal (Oct. 2006), the Austin American-Statesman (Jan. 2006), and Austin Woman Magazine (Nov. 2004). In December 2006 Shelley was interviewed by KXAN News regarding her work in India’s orphanages.

Shelley is a contributing writer to the Austin Business Journal, OutFront Magazine, Eclipse Magazine, the San Antonio Express-News, and others. She was accepted into a residency at the Julia & David White Artist Colony in August 2006 to work on her book, and has also been admitted into the prestigious Gribner Nonfiction Seminar in Prague in July 2007 to complete and polish the manuscript. Her blog is The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India. Work Samples

In Plain Sight but Invisible
How the Other Half Lives
Passage to India

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