V.V. Ganeshananthan, a fiction writer and journalist, is the author of Love Marriage (Random House, 2008). The novel, which is set in Sri Lanka and some of its diaspora communities, 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.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, Himal Southasian, and The American Prospect, among others. A former vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association, she has also served on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is presently part of the graduate board of The Harvard Crimson, as well as a contributing editor for Copper Nickel. She is a founding member of Lanka Solidarity, and a member of the board of directors of The American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard awarded her fellowships in 2014. She has also received support from Phillips Exeter Academy, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony.
She graduated from Harvard College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the M.A. program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she specialized in arts and culture journalism as a Bollinger Fellow.
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 began teaching in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota. In the fall of 2016, she was a visiting assistant professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.