V.V. Ganeshananthan

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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 long-listed 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 Granta, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Columbia Journalism Review, and Ploughshares, 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 a member of the board of directors of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies.

She was previously the Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Harvard College, 2002.
  • M.F.A.: Fiction, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 2005.
  • M.A.: Arts & Culture Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2007.


  • creative writing (fiction, nonfiction)
  • contemporary fiction
  • journalism
Courses Taught
  • EngW 3960W: Senior Seminar: Fiction & Nonfiction Writing Workshop
  • EngW 5102: Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • Love Marriage. Ganeshananthan, V.V., Random House, Author, 2008.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow (Fiction), 2014 - 2016
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Bunting Fellow in Fiction, 2014 - 2015
  • Bennett Fellow / Writer-in-Residence, Phillips Exeter Academy, 2005 - 2006