V.V. Ganeshananthan, a fiction writer and journalist, is a graduate of Harvard College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the M.A. program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Bollinger Fellow specializing in arts and culture journalism.
Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Ploughshares, The San Francisco Chronicle, Sepia Mutiny, Himal Southasian, and The American Prospect, among others. She is a former vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association, previously served on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and is presently part of the graduate board of The Harvard Crimson. She is also a founding member of Lanka Solidarity. The National Endowment for the Arts, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony have awarded her fellowships.
She previously taught creative writing at Skidmore College. In 2014, she concluded a five-year stint as the Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. In the fall of 2015, she will begin teaching at the University of Minnesota.
Random House published her first novel, Love Marriage, in April 2008. The book was longlisted for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick.